A SUTTON fundraiser, whose wife suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, has raised almost £1,500 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Gordon Hobbs had pledged to raise £1,200 in 12 months as part of the charity’s Target Twelve Hundred challenge - but he has managed to beat his target in half the time.
The 76-year-old decided to raise the cash after his wife Dinah was diagnosed with the disease - and with the help of his friends and two daughters, Ruth and Susan, he has completed the challenge.
Gordon’s fundraising drive began in September with a bowls tournament at Teversal Grange Bowls Club, which raised over £400. In December, he hosted a magical mince pie and coffee morning to increase his total.
Gordon also used his Christmas cards to tell friends and family about his fundraising challenge - and he received almost £300 towards his total in donations.
His daughter Ruth also hosted events and there have been collections at Jentz barbers in Sutton and Just Jackie’s hairdresser in Stanton Hill - which brought the total to £1,485 and donations are still coming in.
Gordon said: “I’m so pleased to have been able to beat our target in just six months – everyone has been so generous and supportive of the cause.
“Before Dinah’s diagnosis, I wasn’t really aware of the effect Alzheimer’s disease could have on people.
“I chose to support Alzheimer’s Research UK because I would dearly love to see a treatment that could help people with this disease – I don’t want other people to have to go through what we’re dealing with. Research is the only answer to dementia and I’m proud to have been able to make a contribution.”
l Anyone who wants to sign up to the Target Twelve Hundred Challenge can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 01223 843899.