Challenge of raising funds

Bit of a mad week this week…….When this blog is published I’ll have hopefully just arrived at the 2 day Research Network Conference for the Alzheimer’s Society being held in Manchester. I’m very excited at the prospect of meeting new friends and old. The agenda looks fascinating. The rest of the week is just as busy……..at least my brain won’t be bored!

Last week I met Aimée Maguet (Legacy and Recognition Giving Officer  for the North) for a coffee in York. I’d been asked to speak at the legacy event held at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield on August 5th. Aimee is responsible for promoting the awareness of leaving a gift to the Alzheimer’s Society in your will. When she said she covered the north I thought she meant north Yorkshire but she actually covers the whole of the country in the north! She told me more about the work she does.

I’ll be going to a similar event on July 30th in York to see what happens before it’s my turn:)

I hadn’t realised that gifts through wills amounts to 20% of funds raised for the society so it’s a really important side of fund raising which I hadn’t thought of before.

The web site is full of really useful information for anyone who is interested:

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents.php?categoryID=200250

Another new discovery for me this week was the existence of the Alzheimer’s Society weekly lottery – another way of raising funds – £1 a week – you’d only have to give up a bar of choccie to afford that………..more info at:

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=2897

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About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

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