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Pupils at Forest & Sandridge School will be donning green suits and pointy ears to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society this December.
They are among a number of local organisations out to show there’s snow better way to help end dementia than signing up for Elf Day.
The ‘official’ day takes place on Friday, 7th December, but participants can unleash their inner elf at any time throughout the month.
At Forest & Sandridge School the children will be dressing up in their festive elf outfits and making a donation. There are plenty of other ways to fundraise too, with bake sales, movie nights and charging for donations.
Anna Willcox, headteacher at Forest & Sandridge School said, “We are thrilled to be able to take part in this fundraising event to support Alzheimer Society.
“We hope to be able to raise awareness and the children’s understanding of how dementia affects so many people and their families. A school full of elves will certainly be a sight to see!”
The Alzheimer’s Society hopes more organisations follow Forest & Sandridge’s example by joining in the fun to help improve the lives of people with dementia today, and to fund research for tomorrow.
There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, including 7,000 people who have been diagnosed with the condition in Wiltshire. The national figure is set to rise to one million by 2021.
Dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes.
Lucie Fowler, community fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society in Melksham said, “By joining us this Elf Day you’ll be raising vital funds in the fight against dementia.
“As the UK’s leading dementia charity, we work tirelessly to challenge perceptions, fund research, and improve and provide care and support.
“However, too many are facing the condition alone without adequate support. We urgently need to find a cure and offer help and understanding to people affected.
“Elf Day is a great way to get people together to celebrate the festive season, and it’s so easy to take part.
“You can dress up as much or as little as you like. You could keep it simple in red and green, or jingle all the way with pointy ears and curly shoes.
“And if fancy dress isn’t your thing, you might opt instead to bake and sell some treats or organise a festive get-together.”
People can register for a free fundraising pack at www.alzheimers.org.uk/ elfday which includes posters, a chief elf badge and other fundraising ideas. The hashtags for the day are #elfday and #elfieselfie