Strictly Come Dancing star Russell Grant added extra glamour to a glittering charity ball in Eastbourne this month that raised more than £3,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
The black-tie event, organised by Linda Levett, National President of Foresters Friendly Society, saw 220 people come together for an evening of music and dancing in support of the UK’s leading dementia research charity.
Each year Foresters’ elected National President for the year, known as the High Chief Ranger, chooses a charity for the Society to support.
Linda Levett from the Southern Home Counties Area is High Chief Ranger for 2015/16, and nominated Alzheimer’s Research UK as a cause close to her heart, having nursed her mother who had dementia.
The partnership aims to help improve awareness and understanding of dementia while raising as much as possible for the charity’s vital research.
The event, which took place at The Winter Garden Floral Hall in Eastbourne.
As the guest of honour for the evening, Russell Grant spoke of his reasons for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK, having lost his beloved grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease.
Russell said, “I had a wonderful time and I’m delighted by how much was raised for Alzheimer’s Research UK – a charity which is very close to my heart.
“I’d like to congratulate Linda for putting on a fabulous evening and for supporting the vitally important work of the charity.
“We’ve got to find a cure and I will support anything that brings that day forward.”
Linda Levett said it was fantastic to welcome Russell and he helped to make the evening special and added, “He really helped people to understand the impact dementia has on families.”
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