A Godalming man has raised nearly £500 for Alzheimer’s Society in memory of his father. Gary Wood’s dad, Stanley, died earlier this year and instead of flowers, he requested family and friends donate money to the charity.
Along with the money raised by his loved ones, anglers at the Devon holiday venue Anglers Paradise also dug deep and managed to raise £1,100 for the charity in Stanley’s name. The staff and visitors to Angler’s Paradise raised the money through a raffle and other fund raising events in just 3 months.
Mr Wood passed away in March this year, having been diagnosed with vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. Every year for around 18 years, Mr Wood would venture to the fishery with his son Gary.
Son Gary has now handed over the cheque from Anglers Paradise over the Alzheimer’s Society at the charity’s Dementia Community Roadhshow in Cranleigh on Wednesday 29th July.
Gary, 48, from Godalming, said:
‘The owners Zyg Gregoreck and his wife Rose have been amazing in raising this money and I’m sure dad would be very proud. He used to love going fishing and to see the angling community coming together in his memory is a fantastic feeling.’
Hannah Tiley, Alzheimer’s Society Community Fundraiser for Surrey and West Sussex, said:
‘We are extremely grateful to Stanley’s friends and family as well as everyone at Angler’s Paradise for all the time that has been put into raising money for Alzheimer's Society. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like this to help us support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.’
There’s still time to donate to Gary, in memory of his father, by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/Gary-Wood11/