In previous years, each Lyons Davidson location nominated their own charity to support through the year. For 2018-19, we are taking a different approach to encourage communication and collaboration between all our offices, and to raise larger amounts of money, by supporting a single cause across all offices. As well as raising money and being great fun, it will call upon the generosity, ingenuity and dedication of everyone who works for us.
The 2018-19 charity chosen by staff from a shortlist was the Alzheimer’s Society/Alzheimer Scotland, to support those facing what has been called “the greatest challenge of our generation” – dementia.
Around the UK, 850,000 people live with dementia, the only disease in the top ten causes of death that cannot be cured, prevented or slowed. The Alzheimer’s Society provides care, support and research into the disease.
Over the next ten years, the Alzheimer’s Society has pledged £150 million for high-quality, relevant research into dementia through partnership between researchers, practitioners and people affected by dementia, and a Research Network of 280+ volunteers. As no new dementia drugs have been developed in 15 years, research into Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is urgently needed.
The charity is also a resource for information and education about various types of dementia (not just Alzheimer’s disease), and it provides a voice for and vital services to people with dementia, their carers and loved ones in many forms. These include support workers, Dementia Cafés and singing sessions.
We are looking forward to partnering with this outstanding cause for the coming months, not just for the money we can help raise, but also because of the rewarding opportunities for everyone at Lyons Davidson to get directly involved in their work locally as volunteers.
Bristol: Macmillan Cancer Support. In 2017, the Bristol offices raised £7,818.85 for Macmillan.
Macmillan provides specialist healthcare, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. The charity is also involved in the social, emotional and practical impact cancer can have, and campaigns for better cancer care.
Cardiff: All Creatures Great and Small
All Creatures Great and Small Animal Sanctuary in South East Wales has been operating since 1992. It rehabilitates and rehomes injured, abused, unwanted and orphaned animals.
Edinburgh: The Teapot Trust. In 2017, the Edinburgh office raised £1,691.92 for the Teapot Trust.
The Teapot Trust children’s charity uses art therapy as a way of helping young people cope with long term medical conditions. We know that these conditions can cause anxiety, anger or upset for children and families. Art therapy provides a way of expressing and dealing with feelings, helping children to feel more in control and to cope with their condition.
Leeds: Yorkshire Air Ambulance. In 2017, the Leeds office raised £4,175.14 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
To save lives throughout Yorkshire, the Air Ambulance relies on donations and needs to raise £12,000 a day to keep both ambulances flying.
New Malden: Alzheimer’s Society. In 2017, the New Malden office raised £1151.78 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The Alzheimer’s Society is a care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers. The charity helps people with all types of dementia, not just Alzheimer’s disease.
Solihull: Marie Curie. In 2017, the Solihull office raised £112 for Marie Curie.
Marie Curie provides care and support for people with terminal illnesses and their families around the UK.