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Joining the fight against dementia

Hundreds of electricity workers have joined the battle against dementia today.

From Press releases - 18 May 2016 12:00 AM

Hundreds of electricity workers have joined the battle against dementia today.

As part of Dementia Awareness Week (May 15-21), staff at UK Power Networks organised bake sales and dress-down days today to raise over £1,600 for Alzheimer’s Society.

The leading UK care and research charity for people with the disease is using this week to encourage anyone who is worried about dementia to confront their concerns by contacting the society, where information and advice is available.

Company-wide events were held in London, Potters Bar, Crawley, Maidstone, Kings Lynn, Lewes, Stevenage, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds to support the work.

Lucy Innes, lead safety adviser at UK Power Networks Services, is supporting the cause for her dad. Jim Smith, who is 89, was the first Mayor of Crawley and has lived with the disease for over seven years, lovingly cared for by Lucy’s mum, Brenda, 72. Jim was recently awarded an MBE for his services to the community in Crawley.

Lucy said: “There’s so much more to this disease than we know through the media and the unsung heroes are the carers who often get overlooked. I wanted to support today as I wanted to share my experience with fellow colleagues and raise awareness of Alzheimer’s. If this leads to someone reviewing their relative or friend’s behaviour or feeling more able to talk freely about Alzheimer’s and dementia then that’s a great outcome.”

Carolyn Nixon, Head of Communications and Engagement at UK Power Networks, said: “Alzheimer’s Society helps people to cope with a worrying, upsetting time in their life.

“Some of our staff have been personally affected by this heartbreaking disease and it was a popular choice as one of our charities of the year. It’s great to know the money we raise will help people living with the condition and their carers while supporting research to find a cure.”

This year 225,000 people will develop dementia – one every three minutes – and in less than 10 years it’s estimated that a million people will be living with dementia.

Chris Wyatt, Alzheimer’s Society Regional Operations Manager for the South East, said: “It’s great that UK Power Networks are giving their time to support Alzheimer’s Society this Dementia Awareness Week.
“Too many people are in the dark about dementia – many feel that a dementia diagnosis means someone is immediately incapable of living a normal life, while myths and misunderstandings continue to contribute to the stigma and isolation that many people will feel. This Dementia Awareness Week, we want to reassure people that life doesn’t end when dementia begins.
“We know that dementia is the most feared health condition of our time and there’s no question that it can have a profound and devastating impact on people, their family and friends – but getting a timely diagnosis will enable people with dementia to live as well as possible.
“We want everyone to know that Alzheimer’s Society is here for anyone affected by the condition and there are lots of ways we can help you. It’s time for everyone to confront dementia head on.”
Alzheimer’s Society provides a range of services to support people affected by dementia. Alzheimer’s Society is available for anyone affected by dementia and there are lots of ways the charity can help you. Call its National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW