CAMPAIGN: Join crusade to fight dementia with fund-raising group

APPEAL: Russell collecting donations for the campaign during the Sudbury v Bury football derby match
APPEAL: Russell collecting donations for the campaign during the Sudbury v Bury football derby match
  • Call to join new wave of activity around Bury Free Press’ campaign to raise money for dementia research into Lewy Body dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies is the second most common form of dementia, behind Alzheimer’s disease
  • Campaign is raising funds for an Alzheimer’s Research UK-backed project in Cambridge
  • Fund-raising group will help come up with and implement ideas to raise more funds

People across west Suffolk are being urged to join forces to fight dementia via a fund-raising group that will be the first of its kind in the county.

The Alzheimer’s Research UK West Suffolk Group, formed by Free Press sports editor and Ipswich Town columnist Russell Claydon, will work together on ideas and then carry out events to raise money for vital research into forms of dementia.

Russell started the BFPDefeatDementia campaign, which has so far raised more than £2,000 since mid-December to fund research into Lewy Body Dementia, after opening up about his grandad, Brian Yallop, having the little-known but second most common form of dementia.

And Russell is now appealing for people interested in joining the group to meet up at Oakes Barn in St Andrew’s Street South, Bury on Thursday, April 7 anytime from 7-9pm to hear more about the charity, plans for fund-raising in west Suffolk and how people can help.

Russell said: “Research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is the only way we’re going to find a cure — and currently there’s not enough money being invested.

“If people are interested in joining the group and helping to make a difference, I’d urge them to contact me as the more members we have, the more money we will be able to raise.”

Jessica Hiscocks, regional fund-raising officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said she wished to thank Russell for setting up the group and looked forward to meeting people interested in helping out.

Anyone interested in joining the Alzheimer’s Research UK West Suffolk Group or finding out more information should contact Russell by email at russell.claydon@jpress.co.uk or call Jessica Hiscocks on 07789 006929.

* Bethany Johnston, 14, held a cake sale at her nan, Liz Fayer’s pub, The Rose and Crown in Whiting Street, Bury, on Saturday, which, with an accompanhying raffle, has raised almost £400.

Bethany said she has chosen to help the BFPDefeatDementia campaign this year after experiencing the devastating effects of dementia within her family.

* A boys night out in Bury saw £105 donated to the campaign. With thanks to Andy Tucker, Craig Sawyer, Ollie Brown and Philip Mole.

* Free Press advertising member Paul Taylor helped raise £14.60 from selling hot cross buns in the office.