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Grandson continues campaign to raise money for Alzheimer’s

POSITIVE INFLUENCE: Ryan Junior Matthews-Robinson

A YOUNG rapper has vowed to keep up the momentum on the fundraising campaign for an Alzheimer’s charity which he started to honour his grandmother.

Ryan Junior Matthews-Robinson, of Croydon, south London, who performs under the name Ragz-CV, started his mission after witnessing first-hand the challenges Maureen Robinson faced on a daily basis.

With the help of his Jamaican-born grandfather, Robbie ‘King’ Robinson, he produced a single with all sales proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Society.

He later released an album called In Homage to the King which is a tribute to his grandfather.

To date, Ryan has raised more than £4,000.

Later this year he will host an event called Positive Influence in partnership with comedian Junior Booker to raise even more cash for the charity.

He told The Voice: “At first this was something I did because of my nan, but now it’s about more than that.

“Alzheimer’s affects so many people, but it is seen as just an old person’s disease and it doesn’t get the support it deserves. Someone somewhere is struggling with this.”

The event takes place on September 26 at Dogstar Brixton and is entirely free, but asks those who come along to hear music, poetry to make donations.

The manager of the legendary pub offered the space for free as someone close to him has also been affected by the Alzheimer’s – a degenerative disease which causes a loss of cognitive abilities such as memory.

It eventually leads to a decline in bodily functions with fatal consequences.

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