Pantomimes, fun runs, coffee mornings and a 24-hour cycling pilgrimage are among the events organised by churches across north east and mid Wales to raise more than £9,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Church congregations have been supporting Alzheimer’s Society Cymru as part of their annual Diocesan Offering.
One of the largest fund raisers was the staging of Moses the Pantomime, produced by 19 churches in Flintshire and showing over three weekends in the Spring. It raised more than £1,800 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
More than £1,000 was raised by two cyclists from St Ethelwold’s Church in Shotton. The pair, Rob Dawson and Debbie Ellson, cycled over 200 miles from the church to the Shine of our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk, in under 24 hours.
The organiser of the Diocesan Offering, Ros Crawford, said: “We were delighted to hand over a cheque for £9,000 to the Alzheimer’s Society at our recent diocesan conference. This is one of the largest amounts raised by our congregations over the years and more money is still coming in from churches. Well done and thank you to everyone for all your support.
“The Alzheimer’s Society do tremendous work and many of our churches are developing dementia support events, services and programmes for the many families now impacted by this cruel disease.”
The cheque was collected by Helen Marchant, the North Wales Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru. She told the conference that: “The money you have raised will go such a long way towards supporting people living with dementia in the area. We offer a range of services that provide vital information and support to people who have received a diagnosis as well as their families and carers. We also invest heavily in world class research to find better treatments and hopefully one day a cure. We’re proud to say that some of this research takes place on our doorstep here in Wales.
“None of this would be possible without the support of groups and people like you so thank you once again for this wonderful donation, we’re incredibly grateful.”
Every year churches in the Diocese of St Asaph select a local charity to support, in addition to other fundraising. Previous recipients include Tŷ Croeso at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Blind Veterans UK, Wales Air Ambulance and Farming Community Network.
Housing Justice Cymru will receive the 2019 offering and Haven of Light, a Community Interest Company in Colwyn Bay working to prevent human slavery, will receive the 2020 offering. Further information is available at http://stasaph.churchinwales.org.uk/life/diocesan-offering/