Pride as Lions raise charity funds

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A BILTON woman who spent the year raising money on behalf of the charity Alzheimer’s Research announced in June that her appeal had closed at a total of £7,785.

Dorothy Wright, led the year-long drive for the Lions Club International groups in Yorkshire and Derbyshire to coincide with her husband Eric’s last term in office as the Lions’ district governor.

“During Eric’s time in office, Lions in our region have been marvellous in support of this appeal and the result has far exceeded my hopes,” Mrs Wright said. “As the wife of the district governor I picked Alzheimer’s Research as my charity of choice as dementia has affected my family directly, blighting the life of my mother in her last few years.”

The Lions engaged in several different charity activites to raise the money including a sponsored climb in the Himalayas by Peter and Anne Barker of Withernsea Lions Club who trekked through Nepal to Everest Base Camp conquering a number of peaks on the way.

The charity nominated the research conducted by Jo Rushworth’s team at Leeds University to receive the funding, and Ms Rushworth collected a cheque on their behalf after returning from presenting her work to an Alzheimer’s Disease conference in the USA.

Ms Rushworth estimates the Lions’ funds will support 600 hours of vital research into understanding Alzheimer’s disease with the aim ultimately of treating, curing and preventing dementia.

“For me as a research scientist working in the field, this donation is inspiring and quite humbling,” Ms Rushworth said.

More information can be found on Alzheimer’s Ressearch UK, the countries leading dementia research charity, at www.alzheimersresearchuk.org.

Lions Club International is a volunteer organisation that helps community groups and disadvantaged from all backgrounds. More information is available on www.lionsmd105.org.