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Outsource UK join the fight against Dementia

Workers at the recruitment company, were asked to nominate a charity for staff to support and Alzheimer’s Society was the charity that received the most votes.

The Alzheimer’s Society works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia. The Charity provides support and befriending services to help partners and families cope with the demands of caring and have recently launched the Dementia Friends campaign.  The Charity also funds research into causes of dementia.

Jacqui Hooper, Outsource’s Payments Manager was one member of staff who voted for the charity. Jacqui’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in July 2012 and said the cause was very close to her heart: “My dad has already taken part in clinical trials to help the medical profession start to understand how the brain functions and what is not working correctly. Sadly, he is deteriorating fast and there is no magic cure that will help him.  Anything that we can do to raise a little money now will go on to help people living with Alzheimer’s in the future.”

It is widely believed that dementia is an inevitable part of growing older however, according to Alzheimer’s Society this is untrue.  Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain, the most common being Alzheimer’s.

Paul Jameson, Outsource’s MD, believes it is important for employers to encourage staff to have a focus on fundraising activity. Paul said: “Many of us want to give to charity or take part in fundraising events and so by selecting one charity a year, and by focusing our efforts, we can better understand the charity and where the money goes. Bringing staff together in a shared goal, and with shared challenges, means that together we will raise more money”.

Staff at Outsource are now planning a calendar of events for the year and will be setting an ambitious fundraising target.

Kate Mills Community Fundraising Support Officer of Alzheimer’s Society said: “We are delighted that the Outsource team are supporting us over the coming year. There are currently around 800,000 people in the UK with dementia and this is set to rise to over a million within the next seven years. We need businesses like Outsource to help us improve awareness of the condition and to raise vital funds”.

For more information about the Alzheimer’s Society, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk

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