Local man Ray Broomfield who has been independently fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society has been invited to Buckingham Palace this summer to attend one of Her Majesty the Queen’s garden parties.
This comes in recognition of his charitable efforts and raising awareness for the disease which his wife Lesley suffered from.
Lesley was being cared for in Bexhill but sadly passed away in October last year.
Ray, who lives in Battle, has raised thousands of pounds since Lesley was diagnosed with the disease over 10 years ago.
Although Ray had cared for his wife in their own home for seven years, her latter years were spent first at Woodville Rest home for two years and then the Normanhurst Nursing home where she died peacefully.
In the U.K. there are over 820,000 people who suffer from dementia.
Lesley had a natural flair for art, and she was also a keen seamstress. This October Ray is planning to put on an exhibition of Lesley’s artwork.
He said: “I’m extremely honoured to have received an invitation to Her Majesty’s garden party, it made me smile when the dress code read, ladies should wear hats, if my Lesley were here, with her artistic talent she would have made her own hat, she would have been the ‘belle of the ball’.”
Ray’s fundraising activities include giving talks about his time as a school boy in North London during WW2. If any organisation, school or care home would like Ray to come along and give a talk and show his film for a donation towards The Alzheimer’s Society, please contact him on 01424-777202