A FUNDRAISER was very pleasantly surprised when her plan for a small ‘girls night in’ charity event ended up raising £2,800 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Lesley Wood from Connah’s Quay, initially hoped to raise about £200 for the charity.
She wanted to raise money in memory of her mother Ivy Arrowsmith, who died almost a year ago after suffering from the condition.
The band Reign offered their services free of charge and there was also a disco.
All 200 tickets were snapped up in just three days after the event was promoted on Facebook.
After talking to family and friends, it was clear the event would need a bigger venue due to the high demand for tickets – so it was moved to Fairfield Hall, Connah’s Quay.
A delighted Ms Wood said: “Without the support of businesses, friends, family, the band, the DJ and the venue, this evening would not have been such a huge success.
“It was such a wonderful night in memory of mum. We hope to make it an annual event.”
Alan Drury, community fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Lesley for her incredible fundraising efforts, raising such a substantial amount of money.
“We’re delighted the event was such a huge success for Lesley and her family and we would like to thank all of the local businesses and organisations who very kindly supported the event, including those that donated prizes for the raffle and auction.
“Thanks to funds raised like this, we are able to continue to provide vital support services for people with dementia and their carers, as well as investing more into research.”
The cheque from the event was presented to the society by Mrs Arrowsmith’s grandchildren Harry Wood, Caitlin Smith, Harvey Wood, and Emily Wood.
l To find out more about fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society, contact Mr Drury on 02920 480629 or 07725 600595.