‘I saw Alzheimer’s destroy him’ – Letchworth fundraiser to honour grandfather with London-to-Brighton run for Alzheimer’s Society

Charlie Poynter and her grandfather about seven years ago. Picture: Charlie Poynter

Charlie Poynter and her grandfather about seven years ago. Picture: Charlie Poynter - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth business owner is to run from London to Brighton in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society – and she’s holding a quiz night this weekend to raise money.

Charlie Poynter with Laura Simpson, who will be covering the 63-mile distance with her. Picture: Cha

Charlie Poynter with Laura Simpson, who will be covering the 63-mile distance with her. Picture: Charlie Poynter - Credit: Archant

Charlie Poynter, who manages and plays for Offley and Stopsley Women’s FC, is taking on the challenge in memory of her grandfather, who lived in Letchworth most of his life and taught her to play golf at Letchworth Golf Club.

She is now undertaking a Master’s degree, researching how golf affects dementia patients and carers – and is set to take on the 63-mile (100km) challenge alongside Laura Simpson on May 27 and 28.

Charlie said: “I saw Alzheimer’s destroy my grandfather, and through my research I hope to ease the destruction of the disease.

“I would love for any donations to help the society in all that they do. It’s devastating to watch a loved one not recognise you or forget all the good times you spent with them.


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“If this money could help find a cure or make life easier for a sufferer or their carer, then that’s a little more motivation for me.”

Charlie’s fundraising quiz is from 7pm on Friday at Offley Recreation Centre in King’s Walden Road.

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The prices are £10 per team – up to six people each. There will be a raffle, with prize donations welcomed.

You can also support Charlie’s fundraising at justgiving.com/Charlie-poynter.

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