Family fun day raises more than £7k for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Tony and Rosemary Goddard with granddaughters Lucy Elwell, 4, and Rhiannon Elwell, 6
Tony and Rosemary Goddard with granddaughters Lucy Elwell, 4, and Rhiannon Elwell, 6
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Nearly 600 people enjoyed a family fun day in Capel on Sunday June 10 and helped raise more than £7,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The lively event was masterminded by Rosemary Goddard whose husband Tony was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s six years ago, at just 63.

Rosemary opened her home, Stylehurst Farm, for the event with live music, bouncy castles, plant stalls, archery, bushcraft, pony and trap rides, face painting, cream teas and lots more.

Rosemary, 63, said: “I’m thrilled we raised so much money for vital research to find new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

“Up until a year ago, I looked after Tony at home but now he receives 24-hour attention at a nursing home nearby. His carers brought him along to the event, which was wonderful.

“Tony can’t communicate with us anymore and doesn’t seem to recognise anyone but, thankfully, he seems content.

“These last six years have been very difficult but doing something positive to support Alzheimer’s Research UK really helps and the family fun day was a fantastic team effort.”

Prizes for the lucky raffle winners included tickets for a recording of BBC’s Top Gear, £100 leisure vouchers, a copy of The Boy in the Dress donated and signed by comedian David Walliams and a signed poster from Dame Judie Dench.

Miranda Mays, Community Fundraising Manager for Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Dementia poses one of the greatest threats to public health now and in the future but funding for research still lags far behind other serious diseases. We rely entirely on wonderful supporters to fund our crucial research.”

To donate visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org or call 01223 843899.

Contributed by Alzheimer’s research