Walderslade retirement group raises £400 for Alzheimer’s Research UK

20 December 2017

Walderslade Active Retirement Association – called WaldARA for short – has donated £400 to Alzheimer’s Research UK to help fund vital dementia research.

The group, which encourages people over 50 in the Medway area to have an active retirement, raised the money from member donations over the course of the year.

The cheque was presented at the group’s festive afternoon tea on 12 December, where members were treated to a performance by singer Tricia Court.

WaldARA has over 150 members who meet every second Tuesday of the month for social activities. It has been running for over 20 years and is a great way for people in the local community to come together.

Olive Medhurst, Hon. Secretary for WaldARA, said:

“We choose our charities carefully bearing in mind age groups and other factors. This year we felt that mental awareness should be to the fore, especially for those who form our membership, some of whom have unfortunately succumbed to this illness.”

The £400 donation was presented to the charity’s Regional Fundraising Officer for the South-East, Rebecca Futrall. She said:

“We’re so grateful to WaldARA for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK. Dementia affects a huge proportion of the population – one in three people over 65 in the UK will die with some form of the condition. Fantastic fundraising efforts like this will help us to defeat dementia sooner.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK powers world class studies focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatments for dementia. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is expected to rise to over one million by 2025.

Alzheimer’s Research UK’s mission is to bring about the first life changing dementia treatment by 2025.

For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org.