As some of you might already know, we at John Shepherd, hosted an event recently for our chosen charity of the year, Dementia UK, and we want to tell you how it went and why we chose Dementia UK as our charity of the year.
Why did we choose Dementia UK?
Statistics about dementia indicate that 1 in 3 of us will be affected by dementia in our lifetimes, with over 850,000 people in the UK currently suffering from the condition; and this is set to rise.
We chose to raise awareness and funding for Dementia UK, because of the personal lived experiences our staff have had, in terms of dementia affecting their loved ones.
Here’s what some of our team members said:
“My grandad was the strongest man I knew. He was brave, knowledgeable, and courageous, my world. He unfortunately died last year with Dementia. From a child I never left his side and even on his last breath I was with him. He also said I was his favourite grandchild “
“My lovely grandad lost his battle 6 years back and was the glue of the family. This is something so close to me and I’d love for one day there be something out there meaning other families don’t go through the same!”
About the charity event and the fundraising we achieved
Our event comprised an online raffle ahead of the day itself which saw £784.00 raised; and a further £455.00 from ‘on the day’ ticket sales. We want to stress that this was only made possible due to the incredible prizes donated by wonderful local businesses, and as a result we raised an unbelievable total of £1,239.00 which you can see on our Just Giving Page.
At the event, guests enjoyed coffee and cake, while having a natter about their shared experiences of dementia and how it has impacted their lives. We had a great turnout, and really appreciate the time everyone took to attend on the day.
Thank you for helping us support Dementia UK
We want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to our raffle entrants, and to Knowle and Dorridge Cricket Club for allowing us to host our charity event with them. We also want to thank the people and businesses who donated prizes, without whom, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve the incredible fundraising we did.
What to do if you’re struggling with dementia
If you or someone you know, suffers with Dementia, and you don’t know what to do, or what help is available to you, please click here for contact details and more information about how you might be able to seek advice and support. We do really hope you get the help you need.
In the meantime, we, at John Shepherd, wish you all the very best.