Friends raise £28,000 for Alzheimer's charity

The Advertiser Series: Brighter Skies fundraising group, (l to r) are Christina Newton, Judith Machin, Susan Smith, Bill Foster, Margaret Gibson, Shirley Brown and Alan Newton. Brighter Skies fundraising group, (l to r) are Christina Newton, Judith Machin, Susan Smith, Bill Foster, Margaret Gibson, Shirley Brown and Alan Newton.

A GROUP of hardworking fundraisers have raised more than £28,000 in just four years for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Known as Brighter Skies, the seven friends, from Spennymoor, have worked tirelessly organising dances, race nights and weekly bingo sessions.

Their next event will be a party night with dancing and pie and pea supper at Tudhoe Victory Club on Saturday, June 14, at 8pm.

Margaret Gibson, treasurer of Brighter Skies: “At Brighter Skies we all understand the huge impact dementia has on individuals, families and a whole wider network of people.

“We meet once a month to discuss plans for our fundraising events and would welcome new members if there’s anyone out there who would like to join us.

“We are very proud of our ongoing fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK. But we couldn’t achieve it without the fantastic support of the local community and businesses – everyone is so generous.”

Jodie Vaughan, community fundraising manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Over the past four years the team at Brighter Skies have put a huge amount of time, effort and enthusiasm into raising money for our vital research.

“The resulting £28,000 is tremendous – we really can’t thank them enough. This is enough to fund an incredible 1,400 hours of world-class research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. “

Tickets for the party now are £10 and are available by calling 0333-666-3366.

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