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Pensions team step up fight against dementia

Pensions staff at UK Power Networks in Crawley laced up their walking boots and trekked across the South Downs to raise over £2,300 for Dementia Support.

From Press releases - 14 May 2018 12:00 AM

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Eight staff joined sponsored walks of up to 15 miles from Goodwood Racecourse on Saturday (May 12) in aid of Dementia Support, a new local charity in Tangmere, near Chichester, supporting people living with dementia, their families and carers.

The team arranged the walk after becoming Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends at UK Power Networks, Britain’s biggest electricity distributor, which keeps the lights on in London, the South East and East of England. The company has committed to becoming a dementia-friendly business and has over 3,000 Dementia Friends. The company has donated £500 match funding towards the pension team’s fundraiser.

Leda Gahan, a pensions administrator at UK Power Networks, said: “A large part of our role is supporting members of the company’s pension scheme, including our retired ex-employees and their families.

“Becoming Dementia Friends was particularly relevant to us when we support people living with this devastating condition. That’s why we decided to take on the sponsored walk to raise money for a local charity helping people living with dementia.

“The training improved our understanding of dementia and showed us how to make things easier for people living with the condition. While they may forget events, we realised we can positively influence their emotions and feelings in the way we behave. A lot of us in the team have had friends or family members affected by dementia, so the training was really useful.”

On Friday (May 11) the pensions team, based in Hazelwick Avenue, Crawley, organised a bake sale and dress down day to raise extra money for Dementia Support. Sage House, the charity’s first-of-a-kind hub for dementia services, was opened last Tuesday (May 8) by her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex.

Lesley-Anne Lloyd, Fundraising at Dementia Support, said: “We are delighted the pensions team at UK Power Networks took on this walking challenge for us. They raised a superb amount in sponsorship and we appreciate them continuing their fundraising. Their support has also been crucial in raising awareness about dementia.  If anyone is interested in becoming a Dementia Friend, please contact me on 01243 888691.”

Fundraising events are taking place across other UK Power Networks’ offices next week to support Dementia Action Week (May 21–27).