In 2021 our Nominated Charity is:
Dementia is a global concern but it is most often seen in wealthier countries, where people are likely to live into very old age. The Alzheimer’s Society (2014) reports there are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today. Of these, approximately, 42,000 are people with young onset dementia, which affects people under the age of 65. As a person’s age increases, so does the risk of them developing dementia. It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over one million. Rates of diagnosis are improving but many people with dementia are thought to still be undiagnosed.
Throughout 2021, we as a company will be taking part in different events to help raise vital funds for Dementia UK.
Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer...yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.
Brain Tumour Research is determined to change this.
The charity is building a network of experts in sustainable research at dedicated Centres of Excellence whilst influencing the UK Governments and larger cancer charities to invest more nationally.
In 2019 our nominated charity was Demelza. Demelza provides specialist care and emotional support for babies, children and teenagers with these terminal conditions such as cancer, muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, brain injury and genetic conditions, sometimes so rare, they have no name. Demelza look after these children and their whole family – mums, dads, siblings, grandmas and granddads, so they can enjoy their time together as a family, for as long as they have.
We raised an incredible £19,000 for Demelza with our Source-2-Sea event, involving 31 hours of non-stop running. More recently, we donated £8,000 to support the UV Lamps project for their Sittingbourne and Eltham sites to prevent getting Legionella, alongside smaller donations through book sales and collection pots.
In 2018 our nominated charity was Bokamosa Education Trust, which is focused on providing world-class education and mentoring to some of the most disadvantaged children in South Africa. Over the course of the year, we raised over £2,000 through a combination of fundraising activities including a bike ride and South Africa cricket world cup raffle draw. We also separately contributed £10,000 to fund school and boarding fees for a whole year for a schoolgirl called Mandy.