Rose rings Christmas bells for charity

Rose McNeil

Rose McNeil

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A 76-year-old from Roffey, near Horsham, will get into the festive spirit by combining her love of Christmas and fundraising for a cause close to her heart; Alzheimer’s Society.

Rose McNeil hopes to raise more than £2,000 by putting on a Christmas Carol Concert at St John’s Church, in Springfield Road, Horsham on Friday December 5 at 7.30pm.

Rose, who is an Alzheimer’s Society volunteer fundraiser, said: “I decided to join the new Alzheimer’s Society local fundraising group, earlier in the year, as my husband Jim was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007.

“I was his main carer at home until the time came for him to move into a care home in East Grinstead, where we now know he is safe and very well looked after.

“I decided to put my years of experience of fundraising for schools and the church to good use and organise the carol concert to help support others who are in the same situation as Jim and I.

“We want to help people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.”

Hannah Miller, Alzheimer’s Society Community Fundraiser for Surrey and West Sussex, said: “It’s great that Rose is giving her time to support Alzheimer’s Society. There are 2,115 people with dementia in the Horsham area.

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Rose to help us continue our vital work so that Alzheimer’s Society can continue leading the fight against dementia.”

For tickets, residents can either call St John’s Church in Horsham on 01403 253667, Alzheimer’s Society on 01403 750485 or Rose McNeil 01403 269799 or visit https://www.justgiving.com/AlzSochorshamChristmasCarolConcert to make a donation.

To find out more about how to organise a fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Society or to take part in an event organised by the charity – from trekking the Great Wall of China, and cycling from London to Paris to parachuting, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/events or call 0870 417 0192.