Great Alne retirees make waves for Alzheimer's Society - The Stratford Observer

Great Alne retirees make waves for Alzheimer's Society

Stratford Editorial 29th Jun, 2023   0

AN ENERGETIC group of retirees from Great Alne have been making waves for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Fourteen residents at Great Alne Park took part in a dragon boat race and are on their way to banking £1,000 for charity.

The retirees, aged between 70 and 81, went head-to-head with residents from other retirement villages when they took to the river at Edgbaston.

The idea to take part in a dragon boat race originated from Great Alne Park resident, 80-year-old David Aspinall.

David said: “As a member of the Edgbaston Convention Rotary Club Birmingham, I was proud to be involved in organising the dragon boat race to support the Alzheimer’s Society. Those taking part were encouraged to wear fancy dress and a prize was awarded to the best-dressed team. It was a great day out, and we were pleased to have the support of Inspired Villages for this very worthy cause.”

The dragon boat race showcased three teams competing against each other in twelve-meter-long dragon boats, all with the aim of raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

There are currently estimated to be 900,000 people in the UK with dementia. Many are undiagnosed and facing the realities of their condition alone. Alzheimer’s Society provides vital help to people living with dementia and their carers through virtual and face-to-face support, as well as funding life-changing research projects.

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