In memory of a fine man

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ON behalf of all the staff at the Alzheimer’s Society offices across the North-East, I would like to place on record our sincere gratitude to Northern League officials for a £500 boost for our coffers.

The donation is in memory of Peter Lax, a former player, secretary, chairman and much more with Billingham Synthonia, and a Northern League management committee member for many years.

He also played cricket for Billingham Synthonia.

The Northern League chairman, Mike Amos, told me that Peter was a “great lad who told the world’s most awful jokes but that everyone knew him and everyone liked him”.

Mike said Peter lived with dementia for several years, however, and Alzheimer’s Society was very supportive to his family.

The money - half of the Northern League’s annual dinner raffle proceeds - will certainly be put to good use as Alzheimer’s Society strives to make life better for people with dementia and their carers.

According to our latest research, some 33,334 people live with dementia in the North-East of England and that figure is set to rise to 41,958 in eight years’ time.

This means the challenges facing our communities and the Society will intensify, but it also illustrates the importance of kind gestures such as the Northern League, clearly inspired by the memory of a fine man.

Rob Stewart,

North East and Cumbria Campaign and Media Officer,

Alzheimer’s Society,

St Margaret’s Centre,

Heighley Street,

Scotswood,

Newcastle upon Tyne.