We are delighted introduce our charities for this year.

They are Alzheimer's Research UK and Teenage Cancer Trust. Details are shown below. Our main event this year will be Charity Day on 29th July, and we look forward to being able to raise a good level of support for these two deserving causes. Click here for a copy of the start sheet

Ian & Chris (Captain & Lady Captain)

Teenage Cancer Trust UK

Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’ We’re the only charity dedicated to making this happen. Click here to see their website.

Over 24 years we’ve learnt a lot about what it’s like to be a young person with cancer and the unique emotional, physical and practical needs that come with a diagnosis.

We have a fantastic team of staff and volunteers who are inspired daily by the amazing young people who are treated on our units and via our outreach services. Young people help us decide the best way to offer cancer services and are at the heart of everything we do.

Alzheimer's Research UK

Alzheimer’s often develops slowly over several years. It is not always obvious to begin with and symptoms can be subtle and overlap with other illnesses such as depression. Click here to see their website.

In the early stages, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish Alzheimer’s from mild forgetfulness which can be seen in normal ageing.

Everyone with Alzheimer’s will experience symptoms in their own way, but certain changes are characteristic of the disease.

Typical early symptoms of Alzheimer’s may include:

  • Regularly forgetting recent events, names and faces.
    Becoming increasingly repetitive, e.g. repeating questions after a very short interval.
    Regularly misplacing items or putting them in odd places.
    Uncertainty about the date or time of day.
    A person becoming unsure of their whereabouts or getting lost, particularly in unusual surroundings.
    Problems finding the right words.
    Becoming low in mood, anxious or irritable, losing self-confidence or showing less interest in what’s happening.
    Alzheimer’s gets worse over time, but the speed of change varies from person to person.

As Alzheimer’s progresses:

  • People find that their ability to remember, think and make decisions worsens.
    Communication and language become more difficult.
    People may have difficulty recognising household objects or familiar faces.
    Day-to-day tasks become harder, for example using a TV remote control, phone or kitchen appliance. People may also have difficulty locating objects in front of them.
    Changes in sleep patterns often occur.
    Some people become sad, depressed or frustrated about the challenges they face. Anxieties are also common and people may seek extra reassurance or become fearful or suspicious.
    People may experience hallucinations, where they may see things or people that aren’t there.
    People may become increasingly unsteady on their feet and are at greater risk of falling.
    Daily activities like dressing, toileting and eating become more difficult, and people gradually require more help.

Presentations to the 2017 charities

Bruce Mew writes:
"I am delighted that with considerable support from the Charity Committee, the Office staff, generous sponsors, members and guests, we raised £13,625.37 for Cancer Research UK. I am most grateful to the Charity Committee and particularly the Chair Tim Dyke, for all the amount of time and effort they undertook during my year of Captaincy to raise this amount. 

I hope that this contribution to Cancer Research UK goes towards further research into this disease that touches so many of our lives".

Bruce Mew
Captain 2017

Lady Captain of 2017, Kelly Verity presents her cheque to East Anglia Children's Hospice

Kelly Verity writes:
"Polly West from East Anglia's Children's Hospices was delighted to receive our cheque for £12082.11 which was raised from activities during the year. Our donation will help EACH to support families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia. I would like to thank everyone who took part in these events and the Charity Committee for all their hard work".