Christie Hyland is one of our 11-strong team of Regional Fundraising Officers around the UK
Christie Hyland is one of our 11-strong team of Regional Fundraising Officers around the UK. She works in Greater London supporting anyone who wants to give time and raise money for dementia research.
“I’m extremely proud to work for Alzheimer’s Research UK and love meeting our incredible supporters across my home town of London. They do so many things – from bake sales at work to talks in schools. They run fundraising groups and volunteer at events. One of my wonderful supporters was even sponsored to shave her hair off!
“But just as important as raising money, our supporters are spreading an important message. They’re helping people understand what dementia is and challenging the idea that ‘it’s just something that happens when you’re old’ – which is something I hear all the time.
“I haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t have a personal connection with dementia – whether it’s their gran, aunty, dad or best friend’s mum. It’s what inspires them. For me, it was my nan. It’s so important to get out into the community and hear those stories. They’re so powerful.
“Not everyone understands science and research but everyone can relate to a personal story. So when our supporters share their stories on Facebook or tell all their friends at work, they’re reaching hundreds more people. I can’t reach everyone in London and the surrounding counties, but our supporters can. It’s incredible what they do.”
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