Fun day at Norwich pub boosts Sprowston nurse’s hopes of raising �3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society

A Sprowston nurse's hope of raise over �3,000 for the Alzheimer's Society has received a big boost, as her fundraising campaign ahead of a 100km trek across the Great Wall of China gathers pace.

Tammy Futers, 30, from Sprowston Road, cares for people with dementia in the Memory Lane department of Woodside Care Home, off Plumstead Road, Heartsease.

The most recent event was at The Coach and Horses pub in Union Street, central Norwich, on Easter Monday, a fun day that consisted of face painting, magicians, balloon modelling, throwing wet sponges at people in stocks and a darts tournament.

The event was topped off with a barbecue run by landlady Wendy Julian, who stood in the rain for seven hours making sure it all ran smoothly.

The staff at the pub laid on the event for free; knowing it was for a good cause they were eager to help.

Lin Moroz, one of the pub's staff said: 'The work Tammy has done is ever so good. A lot more people turned up than we expected, despite the bad weather.'

At 7.30pm the day ended with a 'Barchester's got talent' event. Winner Gelo Bernal, a colleague of Tammy's, received a trophy and the chance to spend time in a recording studio at Beccles, courtesy of Alex Banks of Drill Hall Recordings and Woodside Care Home.

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Herald Lobez, care co-ordinator at Woodside, said: 'I will always support Tammy. We support her as much as we can. She is our good friend.'

The day raised �515 and a further �500 from pub locals Stephen and Lorna, who had their heads shaved, and friend Alex Foy who had a chest wax.

The funds raised take Tammy's running total to over �1,350. She said: 'The residents inspired me to start my fundraising. Seeing them go from confused to a lost soul in no time is sad to watch.'

Tammy's fundraising work isn't finished yet though. She has organised upcoming events include a fishing and football tournament and an auction for a piece of Glencoe Estate, in Scotland.

To donate to Tammy's cause, go to www.justgiving.com/Tammy-Futers

Are you raising money for charity? Contact Local Life editor David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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