Mayor Cllr Mrs Maureen Stockwood has presented a £600 cheque to Alzheimer’s Society for October’s Rushcliffe Memory Walk from donations at a local care home.
The money raised came from sponsorship and donations from staff, residents, families and visitors from Leawood Manor Care Home in West Bridgford.
The fund raising effort, organised by Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group, in partnership with Rushcliffe Borough Council inspired those young and old to raise funds.
The Mayor joined residents at the home, and manager Zimran Alam, to present the cheque to the charity’s Regional Public Affairs and Campaigns Officer, John Kemp. She said: “What a fabulous amount of money these residents have raised for this very important cause.
“The atmosphere at the Memory Walk was buzzing, with hundreds in attendance, highlighting how many are affected by dementia and how many generous local residents we have.”
Mr Alam joined the Mayor in his praise of the residents’ efforts. He said: “We are very proud of our residents that took part in the Rushcliffe Memory Walk and are so happy with the amount of money they raised. This is a cause that is very close to our hearts and we strive to take part in as many fund raising activities as possible.”
Mr Kemp said: “I’d like to thank residents of Leawood Manor for supporting the Memory Walk. Dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes.
“Dementia devastates lives, but every pound raised through Memory Walk helps Alzheimer’s Society provide vital information and support, improve care, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by the condition.”
The event was held at Rushcliffe Country Park and was supported by Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group, PartnersHealth (Rushcliffe GP Practices) and Rushcliffe Borough Council in partnership with Alzheimers Society. The day was to raise awareness of those living with dementia and their families as well as raising funds for vital research.
Almost 450 people signed up for the event and even more attended on the day. The weather was fantastic, the turnout was amazing, the cakes were great, (as was the brownies warm up) and the day was a huge success.
A huge £1,300 was raised on the day through donations for the tea, coffee, cakes and the tombola stall. In addition to this, we received sponsorship money, as well as some large donations from individuals and local businesses to the value of £3,340.
We would like to thank everyone who attended on the day, to the people who donated the wonderful cakes, the supermarkets who provided various refreshments and local businesses for their kind donations. Many thanks, your support was very much appreciated.