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Master’s Blog April 2019

Posted by: JHM Date: 08 Apr 2019

It is hard to believe that I am now over nine months into my year as Master and I’m proud to say that the Company has made terrific strides in raising money for my chosen charity, the Alzheimer’s Society.

Since Christmas we have held two events. First, a quiz in a City pub which was attended by 24 Cordwainers who all enjoyed a fun evening of food and a few beers, generously donated by the pub and organised by Renter Warden Henry Fairweather. Second, a lovely evening of music featuring Handel’s Messiah, organised by our Chaplain Gordon Giles in his church St Mary’s Enfield. These two events have helped raise this year’s total to just under £30,000 – so far.

In April the big event is the London Marathon. Nancy Treves, our Charity Manager will be running for the Alzheimer’s Society. She has been training hard and will be putting her best foot forward on Sunday 28 April. Do please sponsor her and why not come and support her to boot!

Online donations via JustGiving:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runningshoes2019

For those who prefer a slightly gentler stroll through the streets of London, on Saturday 18 May the Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court, Murray Craig, will lead a city walk, which will take in various livery halls, churches, and the Old Bailey. Court Assistant Ann Holmes will host a drinks reception and it will all be topped off by Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral. Contact Nancy for tickets £30 per person charity@cordwainers.org

To complete my year, our final event on 29 June involves several mad, yet dedicated bike riders, including Jeremy Blanford, Sarah Blanford, Eleanor Stillwell, Henry Fairweather, Jeremy Mander, and Freddie Hooper, who will be riding hell for leather from Kendal to Whitby across the Pennines – an incredible 150 miles in just one day.

Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects so many of us, either directly or indirectly, and I want to extend a big ‘thank you’ to all those who have participated, supported and donated. Your contributions will help the Alzheimer’s Side-by-Side project, which offers free one-to-one support for dementia sufferers, enabling them to remain independent for as long as possible.