Last year, March Golf Club’s Lady Captain Shona Kent chose the Alzheimer’s Society as her sponsored charity.
Throughout the course of the year the ladies raised money to support her charity. In particular the ladies held an evening of Fine Dining at the club with Lydia Molyneux, Fiona Wood and Shona doing the cooking and help and donations from a host of local businesses and shops. That evening raised around £1,500 for the charity.
In all, Kent raised £1,900 for the Alzheimer’s Society and the cheque was presented recently to Tori Ablard, the Community Fundraiser for the East of England.
Dementia currently affects 850,000 people here in the UK and costs the country £26 billion each year. The Alzheimer’s Society are leading the fight against dementia and through their research, campaigning, fundraising and provision of local support services they are trying to provide information and support to those living with dementia in the hope that the country can be a more dementia friendly place.
Here in the Fenland area Alzheimer’s Society have many services to support members of the local community. These include a Peer Support Group, which gives people the opportunity to meet with others who understand some of what they are going through; Carers Support Programme that is for carers, family members and friends of people who have been living with dementia for some time; the Dementia Adviser service offers information about all aspects of living with dementia and supports people to access services; Activity groups that give people affected by dementia the opportunity to take part in structured activities and many more.
Tori stated that the £1,900 donated can help pay for a person with dementia to attend weekly peer support sessions for an entire year, helping them to feel less isolated by meeting regularly with others in a similar situation.
If you should require any further information about local support please call the local Alzheimer’s Society office on 01733 209138.