March 29, 2017 | Brenkley News
Staff at North East property and energy firm the Banks Group have adopted the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity as their dedicated fundraising cause for 2017.
Having raised £12.000 for The Tiny Lives Trust over the last 12 months, employees at the Durham-headquartered, family-owned firm have now voted to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society through the coming year.
The charity was nominated by Neil Cook, manager of the company’s Shotton surface mine near Cramlington, whose father was diagnosed with dementia in 2014.
The Alzheimer’s Society provides information and practical and emotional support to help people live well with dementia, and invests in world-class research with the ultimate goal of defeating it.
It also campaigns to improve public understanding of dementia and the devastating impact it can have, and make sure the condition is taken seriously by and acted on by government.
The charity has almost 3,000 community-based services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland which provide practical and emotional support for people with dementia and their carers, including dementia advisers and support workers, dementia cafes, day and home support, befriending, carer support groups and its innovative Singing for the Brain groups.
Staff from across Banks’ different businesses and locations will be undertaking a range of fundraising activities throughout the year, such as workplace lunches, raffles and cake bakes, as well as participation in a number of different sporting challenges.
Sara Ellis, who is a member of the Banks Group’s charity fundraising committee, says: “Dementia is a condition that already impacts on the lives of so many families, and with people living much longer these days, it’s something that many more of us will have to deal with in the future.
“The Alzheimer’s Society carries out invaluable work which both helps families make the best of challenging situations today and searches for the answers which might one day lead to a cure for this awful condition.
“We’ve got lots of plans in place already for fundraising through the year, and will be doing our best to bring in as much money as we can.”
Lucy King, North East Community Fundraiser at the Alzheimer’s Society, adds: “2017 has got off to a flying start for us thanks to the Banks Group, and we’re thrilled that this respected business, with a solid track record of charitable giving, is throwing its weight behind us.
“There are an estimated 850,000 people living with dementia across the UK, 35,000 of them in the North East. In order to give them and their families the support they need we rely heavily on the generosity of businesses and individuals alike.
“The money we raise helps to fund services that enable people living with dementia to remain active in the community, as well as contributing towards important research.”
For more information on the Alzheimer’s Society, please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk or follow @alzheimerssoc on Twitter.