Perfect opportunity

From the June/July 2017 issue of our magazine, a fundraising group provided the ideal way for a granddaughter to do her bit to help fight dementia.

A student fundraiser motivated by her personal experience of dementia

Rebecca Greenbank and her volunteer fundraising group

Like so many Alzheimer's Society supporters, Rebecca Greenbank has a personal connection to the cause.

Her late grandad had Alzheimer's, which led to him requiring 24-hour care.

'It was difficult for us to come to terms with, especially for my grandma,' she says. 'She obviously didn't want him to go into a care home, as she wanted to look after him, but it became too much.

'Now that I'm older, it's a lot more devastating to think about Grandad's Alzheimer's. I can now appreciate just how much it changed him and robbed him of the characteristics that made him who he was.'

Close connection

Rebecca, an English language and literature student at the University of Reading, is part of a volunteer fundraising group that raises money for Alzheimer's Society.

'It was important for me to work with others who also had a close connection to the charity, so I felt that a fundraising group made up of people who were just as passionate as me was the perfect volunteering opportunity,' she explains.

The group consists of five members, with Rebecca acting as temporary chair while one of the team goes travelling. This means she is responsible for keeping in touch with the Society's Reading office about events and plans.

'It's been so rewarding to raise money for such a good cause, and it's always overwhelming to see how generous the public are,' says Rebecca.

So far the group has held a cake sale for Elf Day and a pub quiz, which between them raised over £500.

'It's been so rewarding to raise money for such a good cause, and it's always overwhelming to see how generous the public are,' says Rebecca.

'I've thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the group. I have also loved meeting lots of new people, many of whom have become close friends.' 

Future fundraising

The group is planning a balloon-release as its next fundraiser, where each balloon is in memory of someone who has or had dementia.

'We want to raise money in a way that will allow those who are living with dementia to get involved too, so we thought this would be a lovely way to do so,' says Rebecca.

'Hopefully it will also continue to encourage people to talk about dementia and help raise awareness of such a devastating condition.'

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