Group announces this year’s charity

Lucy King, Alzheimers Society North East community fund-raiser, and Neil Cook, manager of The Banks Groups Shotton surface mine.
Lucy King, Alzheimers Society North East community fund-raiser, and Neil Cook, manager of The Banks Groups Shotton surface mine.

Employees at The Banks Group, which runs surface mining, renewable energy and property development schemes in Northumberland and elsewhere, have adopted the Alzheimer’s Society as their dedicated good cause for 2017.

Having brought in £12,000 for The Tiny Lives Trust over the last 12 months through various activities, workers have now voted to raise funds for the dementia support and research charity.

It was nominated by Neil Cook, manager of the company’s Shotton surface mine on the Blagdon Estate, whose father was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago.

Alzheimer’s Society also campaigns to improve public understanding of dementia and the devastating impact it can have on families.

Sara Ellis, of the Banks Group’s charity committee, said: “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 many more of us will have to deal with in the future.

“We’ve got lots of plans in place already for fund-raising and we’ll do our best to bring in as much money as we can.”

The activities will include workplace lunches, raffles and cake bakes, along with participation in a number of different sporting challenges.

Lucy King, of Alzheimer’s Society North East, said: “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.”