Sutton-in-Ashfield man raises thousands for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Notts fundraiser nears completion of fourth year-long fundraising challenge for dementia charity.
Notts fundraiser nears completion of fourth year-long fundraising challenge for dementia charity.

A dedicated fundraiser who has raised thousands for charity is about to complete another year-long challenge.

80-year-old Gordon Hobbs, from Sutton, began raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2011 after his wife, Dinah, was diagnosed with the disease and has now raised more than £5,000.

Gordon, who is about to complete his fourth year-long challenge, has been thanked by for all of his hard work raising money through charity dinners, bowls tournaments and other fundraising events.

Jessica Hiscocks, the charity’s Regional Fundraising Officer for East England, thinks that Gordon’s work is incredible.

She said: “It’s thanks to the dedication of people like Gordon that we’re able to continue our work.”

The year-long initiative asks people to pledge to raise £1,200 in twelve months and Gordon has completed this challenge more times than any other fundraiser.

His total was boosted on 24 April when he held a charity dinner at the 281 Restaurant & Hotel in Mansfield. The event, which raised £520, cost £12 each and included a raffle, three course meal and magic.

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

“I chose to support Alzheimer’s Research UK because I’d dearly like to see a treatment that could help people with this disease – I don’t want others to have to go through what we’re dealing with. Research is the only answer and I’m proud to have been able to make a contribution.”

Gordon has already raised £900 and aims to have reached his final goal by his bowls tournament event at Teversal Bowls Club on Sunday 23 August, which will also include stalls and competitions.

More information about the disease and fundraising information can be found at  www.alzheimersresearchuk.org