Bowlers from around Milton Keynes roll up for Alzheimer’s Society fundraiser

Gordon Clay presents the cheque to Dee Cope.
Gordon Clay presents the cheque to Dee Cope.

More than £3,300 has been raised to help people with dementia after a fundraiser supported by bowlers around the Milton Keynes area.

The fundraising over the last few months has been in support of Gordon Clay and his wife Iris, who suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s and also severe arthritis.

Bowls club member and their friends, together with the family and friends of Gordon, have been busy raising funds for Alzheimer’s Society.

Gordon said he wanted to do something to help with Alzheimer’s as he was concerned that younger members of his own family and many others could be affected by this terrible disease in the future.

When he mentioned to his family that he intended to hold a bowls day to raise funds, the family all agreed to make a big joint effort.

With this in mind, it was decided to hold a big prize draw, with the family all contributing prizes.

As word got around numerous other prizes where being donated by organisations and individuals.

Tickets were distributed around local bowls clubs, family and friends.

On Sunday, September 16, six local bowls clubs visited Bletchley Town Bowls Club to play against the town team.

With fundraising stalls doing a good trade a good afternoon was had by all, thanks to the generosity of all who attended.

On Saturday, September 29, at Bletchley Town Bowls Club, when members entertained Scots Bowls Club, Gordon presented a cheque for £3,320 to Dee Cope from the Milton Keynes branch of Alzheimer’s Society.

Many thanks are due to all who contributed prizes and food for the players’ teas and the barbecue that was open all afternoon.

Contributors included Mears Care, Dobbies, Morrisons, Tesco, Jaflong, Voong’s, Dinajpur, Nick Hart printing and many individuals. Thanks are also due to the following - Bletchley Town Bowls Club, Bletchley Indoor Bowls Club, Bletchley St Martins Bowls Club, Linslade Bowls Club, Stony Stratford Bowls Club, Woburn Sands Bowls Club and Wolverton Town Bowls Club for providing rinks on the day.