Raffle/footie funds for BFP Defeat Dementia campaign

Sheila Chaplin and Cheryl Hayward of Lakenheath Co-op, with Brian's daughter Carol Archer and Patricia Fuller, of Mabbs Hall Care Home
Sheila Chaplin and Cheryl Hayward of Lakenheath Co-op, with Brian's daughter Carol Archer and Patricia Fuller, of Mabbs Hall Care Home
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A Lakenheath shop has helped raise vital funds for the BFP Defeat Dementia campaign in memory of a former resident who passed away on Christmas Eve.

Brian Archer lost his seven-year long battle with Alzheimer’s on December 24, 2015.

The 75-year-old, who was well known in the village, having worked as a driving instructor there for more than 30 years, has been remembered by his local Co-op store which hosted a raffle in his memory, raising £240 in less than two weeks.

Brian’s daughter, Carol Archer, said she was ‘over the moon’ with the amount raised.

Of her father’s illness, she said: “He deteriorated quite quickly towards the end. He didn’t known anything or anybody. It was heartbreaking to see. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.”

Ms Archer has decided to donate half the funds to Mabbs Hall Care Home, in Mildenhall, which provided ‘wonderful’ care for her father in his last year and the remaining £120 to Alzheimer’s research via the Bury Free Press campaign.

The BFP campaign was kickstarted by sports editor Russell Claydon whose grandfather, Brian Yallop, has Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB), the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease.

A collection at Bury Town Football Club raised £76 for the campaign two weeks ago while AFC Sudbury raised £95 on Saturday.

To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/bfpdefeatdementia or text DEFEAT to 70099 to give £2.