Sutton: Gordon hits his dementia charity target

NMAC11-3256-1''Gordon and Dinah Hobbs
NMAC11-3256-1''Gordon and Dinah Hobbs

A Sutton man has raised almost £3,000 for dementia research after completing his second ‘Target Twelve Hundred’ challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Gordon Hobbs first signed up to raise £1,200 in 12 months for the charity when his wife Dinah was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011.

The 78-year-old raised a massive £1,700 in 2012 and has now hit this year’s target, raising a further £1,200 for the good cause.

This also makes him the first person to successfully complete the challenge twice.

Gordon said he was proud to have contributed.

“Before Dinah’s diagnosis, I wasn’t really aware of the effect Alzheimer’s disease could have on people,” he said.

“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.”

Gordon hit this year’s target by hosting a bowls tournament at Teversal Grange Bowls Club, a breakfast morning at Skegby Methodist Church and asking for donations following a meal at the church for his wife’s 80th birthday.

He is now gearing up for his third challenge, and has a number of fundraising events already in the pipeline.