A DETERMINED Coventry woman who watched her grandfather slowly lose his life from dementia has raised money in his memory.
Samantha Gibson wanted to help others understand how to support those suffering from the debilitating illness which affects 850,000 people in the UK.
Originally from the Isle of Wight, but now living in Coventry, Samantha set about organising a night of fun and fundraising following her father’s passing.
Held at the Ryton Sports Connexion, the event raised £1,200 for Age UK Coventry’s one-to-one friendship group scheme – which supports those with dementia.
Supported by businesses, well-wishers and a collection of volunteers, the event included a raffle, live music and a feel-good atmosphere in celebration of Samantha’s grandfather.
She said: “I wanted to create a huge party in memory of my dear grandfather, and for people to enjoy.
“I believe the public need educating to increase awareness of the many different types of dementia and I was determined to do something positive to help.
“It was a fantastic evening and I know the funds raised will be used wisely by Age UK Coventry to support dementia sufferers in the city and help make a difference for them and their families.”
Moira Pendlebury, chief executive of Age UK Coventry, said: “The money will be used to help people in Coventry who are suffering from this dreadful disease.
“It was a wonderful gesture by Samantha to honour her grandfather’s memory in this way.”