Staff from North East property and energy firm The Banks Group have wrapped up a year of fundraising for The Alzheimer’s Society by handing over a cheque for £12,000.
Employees at the Meadowfield-headquartered business voted to adopt the Society, which is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity, as its dedicated charity for 2017, and carried out a range of different activities to raise money on its behalf.
Teams representing the family-owned firm took part in the Prince Bishop Durham City Run 10K, an Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk at Northumberlandia and a charity golf day at Warkworth Golf Club, while more sedate fundraising activities have included regular dress down Fridays, cake bakes, coffee mornings and tuck shop sales.
The Alzheimer’s Society 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 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.
The money donated to The Alzheimer’s Society takes the total raised by Banks Group staff over the last five years for a number of different dedicated charities, including The Tiny Lives Trust, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Integrating Children, well past the £50,000 mark.
Sara Ellis, who is a member of The Banks Group’s charity fundraising committee, says: “Our staff always get behind the charities for which they choose to raise money, and a great deal of time and effort goes into bringing in as much as possible for them.
“Dementia is a condition that has a huge impact on the lives of increasing numbers of families, and we’re very pleased to be supporting The Alzheimer’s Society’s invaluable work through this donation.”
Lucy King, North East community fundraiser at The Alzheimer’s Society, adds: “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 support we have had from The Banks Group’s employees has been invaluable, not just for the impressive amount of money they were able to raise, but also in terms of increasing awareness of dementia through the numerous activities in which they took part.”
An announcement on The Banks Group’s dedicated charity for 2018 will be made in due course.
For more information on The Alzheimer’s Society, please visit their website at www.alzheimers.org.uk or follow @alzheimerssoc on Twitter.