Staff raise £12k for Alzheimer’s

Lucy King, of The Alzheimer's Society, second left, receiving the money from Michelle Cairns, Neil Cook and Catherine Fabi, of The Banks Group at the firm's Shotton surface mine.
Lucy King, of The Alzheimer's Society, second left, receiving the money from Michelle Cairns, Neil Cook and Catherine Fabi, of The Banks Group at the firm's Shotton surface mine.

Workers have wrapped up a year of fund-raising for The Alzheimer’s Society.

Staff at The Banks Group adopted the Society, 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 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 events have included regular dress down Fridays, cake bakes, coffee mornings and tuck shop sales.

The year-long fund-raising meant a total of £12,000 was presented to the Society at Banks’ Shotton surface mine, near Cramlington.

The donation 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, a member of The Banks Group’s charity fund-raising committee, said: “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.”

Banks’ charity for 2018 is still to be announced.

Lucy King, North East community fund-raiser at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “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.”