Staff back bid to boost funds for Alzheimer’s

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23rd January, 2017

Sam's marathon effort

Our staff boosted their colleagues’ campaign to raise money for life-changing research into Alzheimer’s. Independent Living Officer Sam Howells is in training to run the Brighton Marathon in April and her friends at work donated £465.20 thanks to their Humbug appeal, collecting money in lieu of buying Christmas cards. This takes Sam’s fundraising total to £1,140.60.

Over 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, with 4% of those affected being under 65. 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 will die with Dementia. Melin has been recognised for its work on becoming a dementia friendly organisation with a presentation of the Alzheimer’s Society logo. Its staff have received awareness raising sessions and people living at Melin’s sheltered schemes have had the benefit of Memory Box reminiscence sessions run in conjunction with the Museums service.

In a bid to boost her fundraising Sam has also hosted a breakfast in the office and a cake sale. Sam said: “Running 26.2 miles is going to be an incredible challenge for me as I am fairly new to running. When I’m out completing long runs of up to 22 miles on a Sunday in the bitter cold and rain, thinking of the difference this fundraising will make to the lives of those battling dementia and their families keeps me going.”

Melin Deputy Chief Executive Peter Crockett said: “We have a great staff team who are dedicated to helping our residents and the wider community. I am so proud that we have been able to support Sam’s bid to raise money for a fantastic cause.”

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