Time To Unleash Your Inner Elf!

Published: 22/05/2019

Dementia is a serious issue, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun whilst supporting Alzheimer’s Society.   Far from it – anyone who took part in one of our Memory Walks will testify to the carnival atmosphere of the occasion.   And as the festive season approaches, there is another opportunity to get behind the cause and have a great time.

 
 
 
Written by: Ken Oxley  
Alzheimer's Society  
North East & Cumbria  
 

Dementia is a serious issue, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun whilst supporting Alzheimer’s Society.
 
Far from it – anyone who took part in one of our Memory Walks will testify to the carnival atmosphere of the occasion.
 
And as the festive season approaches, there is another opportunity to get behind the cause and have a great time.

​It’s called Elf Day and it happens on December 8. However, the date is not set in stone, so you can hold your own Elf Day event anytime during the festive season.
 

 
So what does it entail? Put simply, it’s a chance for anyone and everyone to unite in support of people affected by dementia.
 
Participants either make a donation or use Elf Day to fundraise in a variety of ways – we’ve come up with an A to Z of fundraising ideas that we send out to everyone who signs up, so you’ll have plenty inspiration.
 
We do encourage you to dress up. You can go full elf and dress from head to toe like one of Santa’s little helpers, or just opt for a hat.
 
But if fancy dress isn’t your thing, that’s fine too. You can still get involved in the fun and games.
 
And if you’re not in the mood for that either, you can always purchase a Scrooge Card to opt out whilst still supporting people living with dementia.
 
You can hold an Elf Day at your school, work or at home. To find out more visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/elfday You can also email us at elfday@alzheimers.org.uk or call 0330 333 0804.
 
You don’t even have to make your own elf costume because you’ll find plenty of elf-themed goodies at our online shop. So come one folks, unleash your inner elf and get involved!
 
Ken Oxley is the Media Officer for Alzheimer’s Society in the North East and Cumbria.  
0191 2983989 / 07483 926575
ken.oxley@alzheimers.org.uk

 

 
About Alzheimer's Society:
  • Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, fund research, campaign to improve care and create lasting change for people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Dementia devastates lives. Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. This will soar to two million by 2051.
  • Dementia deaths are rising year on year and 225,000 will develop dementia this year - that’s one every three minutes.
  • Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia. 
  • Alzheimer’s Society funds research into the cause, care, cure and prevention of all types of dementia and has committed to spend at least £150 million on research over the next decade. This includes a £50 million investment in the UK's first dedicated Dementia Research Institute.
  • Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer's Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they're going through. Everything we do is informed and inspired by them.
  • Let's take on dementia together. Volunteer. Donate. Campaign for change. Whatever you do, unite with us against dementia. 
  • Alzheimer’s Society relies on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0330 333 0804 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk.  
  • Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk  
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