Dedicated Sutton fundraiser Gordon Hobbs has recently completed his fourth year-long challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK bringing his total fundraising to over £6,000.
Gordon, 80 signed up for his first Target Twelve Hundred challenge shortly after his wife, Dinah, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011.
The fundraising initiative asks people to pledge to raise £1,200 in 12 months, any way they want to. Gordon has organised a range of events to smash his targets over the past four years, including charity dinners, a mince pie and coffee morning and a breakfast morning.
Gordon’s final fundraising challenge was a bowls tournament at Teversal Bowls Club on Sunday August 23.
The event raised almost £400 taking Gordon’s fundraising over his £1,200 target and increasing his total raised since 2010 to over £6,000.
Gordon, who has completed Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Target Twelve Hundred challenge more times than any other fundraiser, said:
“Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Target Twelve Hundred challenge is a great way to raise money for a fantastic cause. When Dinah was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease it was a huge shock to our family. I had heard of it but I had no idea of the effect the disease has not just on the individual but those around them too. To be told your wife has a disease from which she isn’t going to get better, only worse, is incredibly hard to accept.
“Research is the only answer to dementia, and I’m proud to support Alzheimer’s Research UK and to do what I can to defeat this condition.”
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Jessica Hiscocks, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Gordon has raised an incredible amount of money for Alzheimer’s Research UK over the past four years and we are extremely grateful for his support.”