Dedicated Sutton man’s fundraising tonic

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A DEDICATED Sutton fundraiser, whose wife has Alzheimer’s disease, has pledged to make £1,200 in 12 months to fund research into the condition.

Gordon Hobbs (76) has signed up to the Target Twelve Hundred challenge, which is run by Alzheimer’s Research UK, and plans to raise the money with help from his daughters Ruth and Susan.

He decided to take part after his wife Dinah was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease - and he has already raised half of his target.

He kicked off his challenge with a bowls tournament at Teversal Grange Bowls Club in September, where Dinah handed out prizes to the winners.

The event, along with a raffle organised by Ruth at her workplace, raised £752 for the charity.

Now Gordon and his family have a number of other events organised for the festive season, including a mince pie and coffee morning with a magician.

And Ruth is planning a cheese and wine ladies’ night to raise more funds.

Gordon, who has been married to Dinah for 54 years, said: “The bowls tournament was a wonderful day and it was made all the more special because Dinah was there to give out prizes to the winners.

“Everyone has been so supportive and generous that I’m confident we’ll reach the £1,200 target in no time.

“Before Dinah was diagnosed, I’d heard of Alzheimer’s disease but I had no idea what effect it had on people, and it came as a huge shock.

“To know that a person is not going to get better, but will only get worse, is dreadful, and I wouldn’t like anyone else to go through what I’m going through.

“Research is the only answer to dementia and Alzheimer’s Research UK are the research experts, which is why I’ve chosen to support them.”

To donate to Gordon’s appeal or sign up to the Target Twelve Hundred challenge, contact fundraising@alzheimersresearchuk.org or call 01223 843899.