A former Mayor of Crawley raised more than £10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Councillor Brenda Smith raised £11,199.20 for her chosen charity as mayor.
Mrs Smith said: “I chose Alzheimer’s Society because my husband, Jim, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. He is well-known in the town and was mayor four times. I want to raise the profile of dementia and try to erase the stigma that still surrounds it.
“There are many fantastic things we do as mayor and to be able to raise some money for the charity, which is just a drop in the ocean of what Alzheimer’s Society needs, has been amazing.
“When you get a diagnosis of dementia your life changes but you’re still the same person. We must make everyone else aware that you can live well with dementia.”
A spokesman for Crawley Borough Council said Mrs Smith officially handed over the cheque to Alzheimer’s Society at one of the charity’s weekly Dementia Cafés at Crawley Baptist Church in West Green on Thursday October 8. Sandwiches and cream teas were all on offer and there was entertainment from musician Tommy Parsons.
Her year of fundraising was kick-started in June last year with a tombola and a raffle, which raised more than £400.
Hannah Miller, Alzheimer’s Society Community Fundraiser for West Sussex and Surrey, said: “Brenda and the residents of Crawley have raised a fantastic amount of money for Alzheimer’s Society throughout the year. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Brenda to help us support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.
“Brenda and Jim have shown amazing dedication to us, not only through fundraising, but by also being part of Crawley Forward Thinking Group and helping to improve the lives of people with dementia in the area.”
Visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/events to find out more or call 0870 417 0192.
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