Neighbourly spirit of Hartlepool residents helps Alzheimer’s cause

Residents of Woburn Grove, Hartlepool, held a street picnic to raise money. David and his sister Julie Brailey are pictured on left of photo.
Residents of Woburn Grove, Hartlepool, held a street picnic to raise money. David and his sister Julie Brailey are pictured on left of photo.

Residents of a Hartlepool street came together to throw a big picnic as part of a major fundraising drive to fight Alzheimer’s Disease.

Neighbours in Woburn Grove pulled out all the stops for the street party.

It was organised by residents David Shadforth and his wife Joy in aid of the 60/600 Challenge.

The challenge is being spearheaded by David’s sister Julie Brailey in memory of her and David’s mum Eleanor Shadforth who struggled with Alzheimer’s for a number of years and died two years ago.

The aim of the challenge is to get 60 different people to raise £600 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

David and Joy came up with the idea of a community picnic and were supported by all of their neighbours for the event on Saturday.

He said: “It went very well. We started at 1pm – precisely the same time as the rain started but it didn’t dampen anything. There were about 60 adults and 25 to 30 kids there. My wife and I would like to thank all of our neighbours for the support they gave us, it was absolutely terrific. We managed to raise our £600 target.”

Each household did something different for the picnic with one holding a car bot sale, while others held tombolas, plant and cake sales, sold decorated glass and put on fun and games for the children.

Julie, who is originally from Hartlepool and now lives in Sheffield, attended the picnic.

She said: “This is a fantastic achievement. Not only has the grove raised funds for Alzheimer’s, they have also generated a real spirit of cooperation and friendship that has inspired them to look for more things to do together.”

Money raised through the 60/600 challenge will support research into the condition that affects 850,000 people in the UK, and help to build support services.

David also expressed his thanks to local businesses which supported the event including Ray Blyth butchers at the Fens, builder Kevin Welsh and Toolbox.