Banks Group staff go on the run for Alzheimer’s Society

August 8, 2017 | Community News

Most of the Banks team: Lucy Fenwick; Dan Bruce; Rachael Macleod; Michael Shuttleworth; Rob Ormrod; Lewis Stokes; Dan Thomas; Chris Glass; James Seabury; Jemma Burnett; Frances Nicholson; Jill Lomax; Mandy Armstrong & Elizabeth Swan. Angela Rudkin & Sara Ellis also took part.

An 18-strong team from North East property and energy firm the Banks Group has been pounding the streets of the company’s home city as part of fundraising efforts for their dedicated charity.

Earlier this year, employees at the Meadowfield-headquartered, family-owned firm voted to raise money throughout 2017 for The Alzheimer’s Society, which is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity. And for their latest fundraising challenge, staff from across the company’s English and Scottish offices and sites took part in the Prince Bishop Durham City Run 10K.

The race set off from the city’s Market Square before winding through its historic streets and along the banks of the River Wear before finishing on Palace Green, in the shadow of Durham Cathedral. And after all the finishers had crossed the line, over ¬£400 had been added to the total raised by the Banks team this year.

The Alzheimer’s Society was nominated to be the Banks Group’s chosen charity for 2017 by Neil Cook, manager of the firm’s Shotton surface mine near Cramlington, whose father was diagnosed with dementia three years ago.

It provides information and practical and emotional support to help people live well with dementia, invests in world-class research and campaigns to improve public understanding of dementia and the devastating impact it can have.

The Society 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 careers, including dementia advisers and support workers, dementia cafes, day and home support, befriending, carer support groups and its innovative Singing for the Brain groups.

Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at the Banks Group and part of the running team, says: “Our team members range from regular runners to others who very rarely pull on their training shoes, so while it wasn’t an easy task to take on, and some of us struggled more than others, we stuck together to make sure everyone managed to find their way over the finishing line.

“Dementia is an awful condition that is impacting on increasing numbers of people’s lives, and we’re working hard to raise as much as we can to support the Alzheimer’s Society’s battle against it.”

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Society, please visit or follow @alzheimerssoc on Twitter.

Some of us struggled more than others, we stuck together to make sure everyone managed to find their way over the finishing line

Some of the Banks runners in Durham with British retired track and field athlete Steve Cram who was in Durham to start the race earlier in the evening

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