TRAVIS Perkins has announced a new three-year partnership with dementia charity, Alzheimer’s Society.
Both organisations will work together to raise awareness and understanding of dementia to help tackle stigma, increase diagnosis rates, and raise awareness of the charity’s large network of local support services for people with dementia and their carers.
The partnership will raise vital funds and awareness for the support, care, and research that Alzheimer’s Society carries out. Travis Perkins colleagues will take part in a variety of fundraising initiatives including the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Memory Walk’ and the ‘Forget Me Not Appeal.’
James Mackenzie, MD of Travis Perkins, said, “We’re delighted to announce this partnership between Travis Perkins and Alzheimer’s Society and we’re really excited about how we can work together over the next three years to not only fundraise for this amazing charity, but also raise awareness of the outstanding work they do for those living with dementia. Community and charity sits at the heart of Travis Perkins, so to be able to support those impacted by this devastating disease that affects so many in our communities is fantastic.
“We have a long-standing history of fundraising and partnering with amazing causes to be a force for good. Our colleagues and customers will be able to help fund support for the 900,000 living with dementia and help fund ground-breaking research to make it the priority it should be.”
Kate Lee, CEO for the Alzheimer’s Society, added, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Travis Perkins over the next three years. This partnership will help us raise vital funds to provide support to those living with dementia and also continue our life changing research.
“This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining us and a turning point in dementia research. Studies funded by Alzheimer’s Society, have seen the development of two new disease modifying drugs that in trials have been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.
“One in three born in the UK today will develop dementia and it’s currently the UK’s biggest killer. With your support we can change this. We truly believe this partnership has the power to change the story of dementia forever.
The new partnership was the result of a vote that was opened up to Travis Perkins, Benchmarx, Hire, and Managed Service colleagues who work in its 500+ branches across the UK. It follows a successful 7 year partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, where Travis Perkins raised £4.5 million for the cancer care charity.