Committed to a timely, vital and deeply important cause, Alzheimer's Society works progressively every day to find a deeper understanding of Dementia, a disease that still affects so many.
From 2013-2015 Thomson Snell & Passmore has had the privilege of working with Alzheimer’s Society raising a staggering £22,000. This is a huge success for both the charity and the firm. It demonstrates what teamwork and commitment can achieve.
Fundraising has taken place through a variety of different events over the past two years and it’s with special thanks to everyone at Thomson Snell & Passmore that the firm are able to celebrate reaching and exceeding our £20,000 target.
A standout event for the firm was 2014's Jurassic Coast Challenge, organised by Associate Chris Kirby-Turner, a challenging 100km hike across the West Country coast that stretches between Exmouth in East Devon and Swanage in East Dorset. Following extensive training, the 13-strong team completed the challenge over a weekend in June, raising a sterling £14,000. Looking back on the challenge, Chris is proud of the walkers and supporters, their determination and commitment and the interest of passers-by who helped them achieve their goal. In particular, that of Dorset-based artist Jacqui Byrne, who created and donated a special painting inspired by the charity for auction. All of the proceeds went towards the firm's sponsorship with one painting being bought by the Polish Ambassador.
The first May bank holiday 2015 saw the completion of another two challenges; the Office2Office walk, in which 39 members of the firm walked between the firm’s offices in Tunbridge Wells and Thames Gateway; and the second by partner Guy Hollamby, who took on the East-West bike ride challenge between Scarborough and Whitehaven. These events were incredible achievements and provided a hugely successful finale to our partnership with Alzheimer’s Society.
The general fundraising led by partner Nick Gabay included dress-down days and raffles. These events helped generate a steady stream of sponsorship generated from across the firm.
The firm also helped to raise staff's awareness and understanding of the charity by hosting Dementia Friends sessions. These sessions offered by Alzheimer’s Society are important to alleviate the general miss-conception people have about people with dementia, due to a lack of factual understanding about the disease. Following training the firm now has more than 50 Dementia Friends furthering our commitment to the charity.
The overall amount the firm has raised for the charity is inspirational. Here are some examples of what our money could do:
- £4,000 pays for the specialist equipment required to measure the amount of certain proteins, helping the charity understand the changes that may lead to Alzheimer's disease.
- £10,000 funds the chemicals and consumables for a PhD researcher to continue vital research into understanding the causes of dementia, how it can be treated, and, ultimately to find a cure.
- £20,000, within scope of our donation, can fund a PhD student for a year to carry out research into the causes of the disease.
We want to say a huge thank you to Paul and the team at Alzheimer’s Society for the inspiring two years we have spent together.