PRESS RELEASE: Issued 1 June 2017
Stratton St Margaret Parish Council is delighted to be supporting the Alzheimer’s Society for the next 12 months
Chairman Councillor Joe Tray was elected as Stratton St Margaret Parish Council’s Chairman for the second year at last month’s Annual meeting
Last year Cllr Tray chose local charity CALM. CALM support families that have a child receiving treatment at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire – a charity that has supported Cllr Tray’s family in the past. Through a number of events the Parish Council raised over £1,200 throughout 2016 and 2017 and, hope lots of awareness of their superb work too.
This year the Council is delighted to be supporting an equally important charity, one who not only serve the local community, but also uses its national reach to aid research and support for those affected by dementia all over the UK. Cllr Joe Tray said:
“I have chosen Alzheimer’s Society this year because the disease is prevalent in today’s society. I want us to help raise funds for the charity that will use every pound donated to provide care to people with dementia, in their own home, or provide the much needed respite for their families and a chance to recharge their batteries.”
Statistics show that dementia now affects around 850,000 people just in the UK, and it is not just the older generation who experience the effects of this disease. It is thought around 400,000 under 65’s have what is known as ‘early on set dementia’. That is an astonishing statistic and one the Parish Council hope their campaigns, fundraising and awareness will go some way towards providing better care, knowledge and support to anyone affected.
Laura Hewitt, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society said:
“We’re very grateful to the Chairman of Stratton St Margaret Parish Council for choosing Alzheimer’s Society as this year’s chosen charity. Dementia is set to become the 21st century’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes, which is why Alzheimer’s Society is calling on people to come together to urgently find a cure, improve care, and offer help and understanding. It is only with the generous support of groups and organisations like Stratton St Margaret Parish Council that we can continue to create lasting change for people affected by dementia.”
The first fundraising event will take place on 15th June 2017 when the Council, whose offices are based at Grange Leisure on Grange Drive, will be taking part in the Alzheimer’s Society’s National Cup Cake Day. Cakes are being baked by members of staff and chefs from this thriving Community and Leisure Centre in Stratton St Margaret. The Centre will be open from 8.30am and special offers will also be available on a range of hot and cold drinks.
The Parish Council is also organising the popular summer Stratton Festival (22 July) and Stratton Stroll (29 July). Both events see thousands of visitors to Grange Leisure and across the parish who are invited to make donations to charity for the activities, live music and entertainment on offer. More information about these popular events can be found here.
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