Grandson parties to aid charity

This Is Wiltshire: Lloyd Smith, who is is organising a charity event at Revolution Lloyd Smith, who is is organising a charity event at Revolution

THE memory of his grandfather has inspired Lloyd Smith to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The 22-year-old, of Gorse Hill, is holding a candle-themed evening at Revolution in the town centre on November 11 in honour of Frank Smith, of Wroughton, who died last October at the age of 80.

Frank had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years earlier and Lloyd said the experience made him want to help support people suffering from the disease.

“I think my grandad would be very proud if he could see what I was doing,” he said.

“It brought a tear to my nan’s eye when I told her about it.

“She used to look after him when he needed help.

“She had to watch her husband deteriorate over two years, it must have been horrible for her.

“They were childhood sweethearts and were married for more than 50 years.”

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting about 465,000 people in the UK.

The Alzheimer's Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.

The event on November 11, which is from 5pm until about 8pm, will enable people to watch demonstrations and buy candles and perfumed items from PartyLite.

Ten per cent of anything sold by PartyLite on the evening will be given to the Alzheimer’s Society.

There will also be a raffle to raise more funds.

“It’s a chance to have fun and do some shopping,” said Lloyd.

“They can let their hair down and feel good at the same time.

“There will be raffles and a demonstration of what is on sale.

“It is a bit like the Ann Summers of the candle world.”

Lloyd, who has worked for Partylite for the last three months, said: “After I started working for Partylite I realised there was an opportunity for me to do some good.

“I asked Revolution if they would give what we would call commission as a charitable donation.

“I told them about my grandad and they said they would love to.”

Tickets are available on the door. Guests are asked to arrive at 5pm and the first 20 guests will get free entry.

For more information about the Alzheimer’s Society visit www.alzheimers.org.uk.

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