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A 94-year-old grandfather dressed up as Santa to raise money for Alzheimer’s charity

Author: Leanna Aitken | Posted: 22nd December 2016 | Category: General News


Determined to have fun and spread Christmas cheer, a 94-year-old grandfather has raised hundreds of pounds for Alzheimer’s Research UK by dressing up as Santa.

Stanley Bennett, who previously raised over £1,200 by dressing up as the Easter Bunny, took to his local supermarket dressed as Father Christmas in the hope of raising money and spreading Christmas cheer.

The great-grandfather of two was inspired to put a smile on people’s faces this Christmas after reading a “depressing” newspaper article which suggested “life is over” for people in care homes.

Through his quirky fundraising, Mr Bennett hopes to bring the “wonderful” care homes, including Stanley Wilson Lodge where he lives, to the public’s attention.

He said:

“I kept reading articles that suggested the quality of care in homes is always very poor and life is over once you’re there.

“But I could not fault the help my wife received, and I’ve been given a new lease of life while living there. And now I’m giving something back.”

Mr Bennett’s wife passed away in September 2014, having been diagnosed with vascular dementia ten years earlier.

Mr Bennett moved with her to Stanley Wilson Lodge so that he could see her every day and says he has had a great experience there over the past few years.

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