Meet your community fundraiser

Bronwyn O'Riordan – Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and all areas within Argyll & Bute

Hello, I am your local fundraiser for Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and all areas within Argyll & Bute. I joined Alzheimer Scotland after losing our Papa who had vascular dementia and my realisation that so much more needed to be done. In my time here I have been Charity Shop Manager, Memory Walk Organiser and Regional Fundraiser. I became fully certified with the IoF, took part in fire-walking, river rafting, half marathons, walks, parties and balls but my favourite part of this job has to be meeting all the amazing people willing to give the gift of time to this cause. If you would like to fundraise, on your own or part of a group, at home, work or school then I'd love to hear from you. 

Email Bronwyn today.

 

 

 

Nina Parkin – Dumfries and Galloway

 

Hello, I am the community fundraiser for Dumfries and Galloway.  I have worked in Dementia care for over 13 years in the community and residential. Fundraising is a new role to me but everyone has been extremely friendly and helpful. I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone better, and to developing my knowledge and skills further in this role.  My aim is to introduce a couple of great annual events within Dumfries and Galloway that everyone will put into their calendar and we can raise some fantastic funds along the way.  If you would like to fundraise for Alzheimer Scotland I'd love to hear from you.

Email Nina today.

 

Elma Mackay – Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire

Hello, I'm your community fundraiser for Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire.  I came to Alzheimer Scotland with 12 years of experience in fundraising with cancer charities.  Having lost both my grans to dementia many years ago, and seeing many people in the homes they were in, of different ages living with the illness, I am passionate about raising funds to help ensure that no one faces dementia alone.  I think I have the best job in the world.  I get to meet amazing people and support them in their fundraising.  I would love to speak to you if you would like to organise any fundraising for Alzheimer Scotland in the Highlands.  Whether that be a coffee morning, a run, cycle, climb or a high profile corporate event, please get in touch with me and I'll be delighted to support you in all your efforts. 

Email Elma today.

 

Karen Macdonald – Western Isles

Hello, I'm Karen Macdonald and I am the Community Fundraiser for Western Isles.  This is the first time there has been a community fundraiser post in the area and I am very much looking forward to my time working with Alzheimer Scotland.  Before joining the organisation, I was an active fundraiser for the charity, last year I ran the London Marathon and organised various other fundraisers to help boost my final fundraising figure!

 

Email Karen today

 

  

 

 

Andrea Watt, Community Fundraiser, Aberdeen, Tayside and Perth

I hail from Holywood in Northern Ireland and have lived and worked in England and Scotland for companies including Nestle, Asda, Weber Shandwick PR, Health Promotions with NHS Grampian, His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen and Lathallan School.

I lost my mother to Alzheimer's back in 2012 and am very grateful for the care and support my mum received. I took up running again in 2014 after a long break, and have run Baker Hughes 10km twice, Crathes Half Marathon twice, Race for Life and other races. 2016 brings my biggest challenge with Garioch Half Marathon in March, Baker Hughes in May and my ultimate challenge of the Edinburgh Marathon on 29 May for the Alzheimer Scotland team!

A member of Aberdeen Opera Company for the last 15 years, I have enjoyed performing. My two daughters Rebecca and Jessica age 10 and 7 like to perform with Montrose's 'The Song Shop'. 

She is very much looking forward to working with Alzheimer Scotland and is happy to meet for a coffee! AWatt@alzscot.org

 

Amy McLaughlan, Community Fundraiser, East Ayrshire Services  

Hello, I’m the community fundraiser for Ayrshire & Inverclyde. I’ll be working to raise the profile of Alzheimer Scotland even further across the area and am really looking forward to getting out and about, getting to know the communities I’ll be working in. I’ve come from a corporate background and my previous fundraising experience is with brain tumour charities so this is a new venture for me but I can’t wait to get stuck in and hopefully meet some of you at one of the events we’ve got lined up. If anyone has any ideas or wants some support getting their fundraising events up and running in Ayrshire or Inverclyde, I’d love to hear from you! amclaughlan@alzscot.org

 

 

 

Marilyn Boyd – Community Fundraiser for Glasgow, East Dumbartonshire & Lanarkshire

Responsible for engaging with local communities to support Alzheimer Scotland as well as working alongside the National & Marketing team to support all aspects of fundraising on a national level. Recruit and look after a team of fabulous volunteers, organise events including 3 Grand Annual Events per year and also responsible for getting Glasgow and surrounding areas ‘Turn Purple’ for DAW!!

 

Fun Fact: I model in my spare time – I’m a HUGE Disney fan and also responsible for the Wits Happenin Fur The Waynes sites that let families know what’s going on locally for kids!

How your money helps

  • Our Freephone Dementia Helpline takes over 5,000 calls annually, providing information and emotional support to anyone who needs help. £15 will pay for us to send an information pack to a Helpline caller.

  • Our mobile information vehicles enable us to raise awareness of dementia and bring information on the condition and the support available to local communities. £25 pay for us to operate one of our mobile information vehicles for one day.

  • £100 will help us to continue our vital medical and social research into the causes of dementia, its early detection, and how it could be treated in the future.