Huge fundraising year for Acorn

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THE Harrogate and Ilkley-based charity, Acorn, has announced a fundraising total of £74,000 for its 11th year.

The charity raises money to support people with dementia and their carers in the Ripon and Harrogate area and research into scleroderma disease at Leeds General Infirmary.

Since it was founded in 1999, it has raised a total of £694,000 from activities including balls, bike rides, golf and tennis tournaments, sponsored walks, bridge days, cookery demonstrations and fairs.

This year’s Acorn Sponsored 100k Bike Ride in May raised over £28,000 with a record 540 cyclists taking part, while a Bollywood Ball which took place at Harrogate Ladies’ College last November raised over £47,500.

Among the projects which the charity’s fundraising has helped are a programme for younger people with dementia in Harrogate, initial funds for the development of a befriending service and a Monday singing group held at Christ Church in Harrogate.

Two Acorn-funded respite holidays for people with dementia and their carers also took place this year for the first time, and funds were also used to help buy equipment and fund a research fellow at Leeds General Infirmary.

Chairman Louise Hanen said: “I continue to be amazed by the generosity of our supporters, many of whom have been involved with Acorn from the start.”