Community fundraisers case study
The Alzheimer’s Research UK Shropshire Fundraising Group is one of 20 groups around the UK dedicated to raising money for dementia research. In their first year, the group raised a staggering £20,000 with a range of events from open gardens to supermarket collections.
Group leader Katie Foster’s dad died with Alzheimer’s in 2007. She said: “It was heartbreaking to watch my dad fade away. A man who used to love chess, difficult crosswords, music and dance and his granddaughters, gradually disappeared to the point where he thought he was back in the prisoner of war camp, where he spent five years after being captured defending Dunkirk in 1940.
“I’m proud to raise money for this great cause and help future generations who, with this research, hopefully won’t have to watch a much-loved relative or friend disappear in front of them as dementia takes hold.
“The first year of the Shropshire Fundraising Group has been totally astounding in so many ways. Shropshire people are incredibly generous. The work our group does is only possible because of the really hard work of my colleagues and the good will of so many Shropshire businesses, networks and kind individuals.
“We'd love more people to join us – we do have a lot of fun!”
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