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Crieff women raise money for Parkinsons and Alzheimers

TWO Crieff fundraisers raised nearly £3500 for charity with an afternoon of Midsummer Music.

Janet Leckie and Alison Hunter organised the event and raised £3451, with half the money raised going to Alzheimer’s Research UK and half to Parkinson’s UK.

More than 150 people packed the drawing room of Crieff Hydro Hotel to hear music from the Strathearn Singers ladies’ choir, as well as 18-year-old saxophonist Clare Ratcliffe.

Guests had the chance to scoop up raffle prizes and members of the Strathearn Singers provided cream teas, tray bakes and sandwiches.

Janet Leckie said: “My husband John has had Parkinson’s disease for 23 years and then my sister Thea Hipkin was diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies when she was just 60.

“She died six years later, in 2009, and it broke my heart to see my lovely, vibrant sister deteriorate before our eyes in such a short space of time.

“I wanted to do what I could to support the charities that are trying to tackle these diseases and Alison had the idea for a Midsummer Music event.

“It was a wonderful afternoon and so many people turned out to enjoy the day and lend their support. It was hard work but we all had lots of fun and the day was made even better knowing that the money raised will go to such good causes.”

Miranda Mays from Alzheimer’s Research UK said: “This is a fantastic effort. We can’t thank Janet enough for her hard work and dedication.

“With nearly 2,000 people affected by dementia in Perth and Kinross alone, we desperately need effective treatments to tackle the condition but research into dementia still lags far behind other serious diseases.

“Every penny we spend comes from the public and it’s thanks to people like Janet that we’re able to support crucial research and make a real difference.”

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