5 Interesting Ways to Raise Money for Dementia and Alzheimer’s
5 Interesting Ways to Raise Money for Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Raising money for charities is one of the best ways to show and give your support to those who need it most. And two causes affecting thousands of families around the country every day are Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Funds are needed to help support the research and studies being done into these diseases, medications, and preventions.
If you would like to raise money to support research into Dementia and Alzheimer’s on behalf of someone you love, below are 5 interesting ways to raise money for these important causes.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a well-known term used to describe numerous conditions that affect the brain. The word Dementia commonly refers to a set of symptoms found, primarily, in the elderly. Such symptoms include memory loss and difficulty processing information, language, or problems. Dementia occurs when the brain is damaged by certain diseases that often come with age, including Alzheimer’s disease.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of Dementia. Alzheimer’s causes proteins to build up in the brain and these form structures commonly referred to as ‘tangles’. This can cause a disconnect between the nerve cells, eventually leading to loss of brain tissue. The result of Alzheimer’s is that the signals around the brain are not transmitted effectively and, therefore, the brain becomes increasingly damaged over time and the symptoms more severe.
Do You love a Challenge?
If you want to raise money for Dementia and Alzheimer’s research, why not push yourself with a great challenge? There are so many ways you can raise money to support great causes and there are some fun and interesting ways to raise money. Below are our top 5 suggestions!
- The Three Peak Challenge
If you love a great challenge, the Three Peak Challenge could be just what you’ve been looking for. The Three Peak Challenge encourages participants to raise money by walking up three of the tallest peaks in the UK:
- Ben Nevis
- Scaffell Pike
- Mount Snowdon
This is a great way to raise awareness of Dementia and Alzheimer’s while doing something extremely physically challenging. To help inspire you, Grosvenor Mobility completed their Three Peaks Challenge on the hottest weekend of the year alongside Ames Pest Control and raised a massive £6,000 and counting for Brett Young Gateway, a Dementia day service in Halesowen.
You can start your own Three Peak Challenge and raise money for a Dementia charity of your choice, or you can donate to the companies above and support them in their hard work. A sponsored hike, such as the Three Peak Challenge, is a great way to push yourself to the limits and raise money for a cause you care deeply about.
- Host a Bake Sale
Bake sales are one of the most popular ways for people to raise money for the causes they care about. The great thing about bake sales is they can involve a lot of people in the organising and raise a lot of money in places like schools, cafes, and offices.
Ask your friends, family members, and work colleagues to help out by baking various cupcakes and cookies for you to sell. You can add your event on social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter or leave flyers around your school or office space. Ensure you have a selection of people’s favourite bakes, such as brownies, cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, and cake! Bake sales are incredibly popular and a great way to get others talking about great causes.
- Guess the Baby Picture
If you work in a big office with plenty of employees, ‘Guess the Baby’ can be an interesting and fun way to raise money for charity. Ask everyone in the office to send you a baby photo of them and print and pin the photos up in your main meeting room. Charge a small entry fee of £1-£2 for your colleagues to make their guesses as to which baby is who on a sheet of answer paper. The person who has the most correct guesses wins a prize and all the money raised goes to charity!
Guess the baby picture is a fun way to get people talking and socialising in the office, in addition to raising money for Dementia and Alzheimer’s charities.
- Spare Change Bucket
This is something you can enforce both at home and in the office and will require very little effort from you if you have a busy life. Start by contacting your chosen charity and asking them to donate some branded, sealed collection buckets to you and then place these around your office and in your home. Then, whenever you or anyone else in the vicinity has spare change in their wallet or pocket jangling around, they can pop it into the bucket.
This might seem like an odd way to raise money, but it really does work and you will be surprised how quickly the loose change people throw in around a busy office adds up!
- Start a Garage Sale
Who doesn’t love a good garage sale? This money-raising method has been around for donkeys’ years because it is so effective. Sort through all your unwanted items from home or anything you no longer need, such as old clothes, books, DVDs, board games, and toys, price up the items and invite everyone around for some second-hand shopping. This is a great way to raise money and is also productive in getting rid of your unwanted belongings easily.
If you want to, you could even encourage an office fundraising day where you ask your team to bring in unwanted items, book a room out in your office, and invite everyone along to spend their cash. Not only does this help raise money for a great cause, but any leftover items can be donated to charity shops.
How Your Money Helps
Every penny you donate to Alzheimer’s and dementia charities is helping provide the support and research needed to help people affected by dementia. The funds you raise help provide the money needed to inspire change, provide support, and advance research. Every project your funds support directly address the needs of people living with and affected by Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
As we raise awareness for Dementia and Alzheimer’s, we all work together to keep these common diseases at the top of the political agenda. As we all work together to raise awareness, we can empower families and people living through these conditions, helping them receive the support they need.
Start Raising Money Today
There are over 3,000 services across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland that offer care, information, and support to people suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. However you choose to raise money, your fundraising helps support those in need, it provides the finances organisations desperately need to continue their vital work in helping those living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. How are you going to raise money for these important causes?