Grantham friends raise £400 at carnival ahead of their Great Wall of China trek

Julie North and Louise Cooper with their stall at Grantham Carnival.
Julie North and Louise Cooper with their stall at Grantham Carnival.
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Friends have raised £400 for the Alzheimer’s Society at Grantham Carnival ahead of their trek along the Great Wall of China in October.

Julie North, 55, a freelance social worker, and Louise Cooper, 54, a teacher, had a lucky dip and tombola on their stall over the two-day carnival.

Julie said: “The children’s lucky dip proved to be popular – with well over 100 children enjoying a dip. Our tombola also went well. There were a few quite touching moments over the two days. There was a girl who was determined to win the My Little Pony. Her parents funded numerous attempts before the lucky ticket 1,000 was drawn!

“Friends of ours travelled from Lincoln and Leicester to support us. A young woman with an eight-month-old baby visited the stall and handed over all her small change. She told me that her grandfather had died with Alzheimer’s Disease and that he had never met her baby – something which clearly affected her deeply.

“This was a stark reminder of why we are fundraising. Dementia is a devastating disease that currently affects over 850,000 people in the UK. There is no figure available to reflect the number of relatives and friends whose lives have also been affected by the development of dementia in someone close to them.”

Julie and Louise have now raised almost £3,000 of their £7,000 target. The women, who have been friends since childhood, will embark on a ten day trip and have been training at the health club in the Ramada Hotel, Marston, where they are members.

Julie added: “We continue to receive excellent support from the Ramada Health Club. Members have participated in events organised by the Health Club team, with all profits going into our fundraising pot. Members also purchase our crafts which are for sale at reception – our ‘bottle bird feeders’ have been very popular! Members of the team are also supportive. Will, the health club assistant, has literally been selling his clothes to help us. A rail of unwanted items continues to raise additional money.

“On July 8 we will be bag-packing at Sainsbury’s store in Grantham. If you are free to give an hour of your time to support this event please contact Julie on Julie on 07982 936992.”

To make a donation online go to www.justgiving.com