A group of fundraisers led by one of SYHA’s Board members have smashed their fundraising target.
The group, led by Maggie Riley, a non-executive board member at South Yorkshire Housing Association, are part of the 60/600 fundraising challenge set up by Julie Brailey to mark her 60th birthday, which aimed to bring 60 people together to each raise £600 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Maggie was inspired to get involved and set up her own fundraising effort as part of her farewell celebrations as she retires from SYHA’s board later this year.
Her team of hair shaving volunteers included her husband Bob, friends Mark and Helen, and Phil Price, the Managing Director of SYHA’s estate agency Crucible Sales and Lettings.
The event was hosted by the Hairband Salon on Eccleshall Road on Monday 18th September, with the salon kindly donating a range of treatments for a raffle to help raise funds.
Donations are still being made, but the team have smashed their £600 target and have now raised more than £1,500.
Collectively the 60/600 fundraising team has managed to raise an amazing £50,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society, and have set their sights on £60,000 as a new goal.
Maggie said “It was an unusual retirement do that’s for sure, but I’m so grateful for everyone’s support to help me raise money for such a wonderful cause. Being part of the 60/600 team has been incredibly special and I really hope that the money we’re continuing to raise can contribute to a future where there’s hope of a cure for Alzheimer’s in all its forms.”
Danni Hindle, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society said: “Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes, and there’s currently no cure. I would like to thank Maggie for her amazing support of Alzheimer’s Society and the 60/600 challenge. The money raised will help us provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.”
You can still donate to the cause by heading over to Maggie and the 60/600 team’s JustGiving page.