Compass Group UK & Ireland’s Healthcare team has raised a staggering £151,555 for Alzheimer’s Society in just two years.
The food and support services firm announced its support for Alzheimer’s Society in May 2015 and the team has since reached the £151,000 target required to fund essential research into ‘dysphagia’ (difficulties in eating, drinking, and swallowing) in people with dementia in a residential care setting.
Lindsay Collins, an Alzheimer’s Society Clinical Fellow at the University of Bradford, is leading the research to better understand how and why eating and drinking can be disrupted in people with dementia. Her findings will help healthcare professionals to provide better care for people with dysphagia and dementia, helping to improve their quality of life.
Successful fundraising activities have included ‘Elf Week’ which saw colleagues across Compass’ Healthcare Retail business dress up as elves during the Christmas period. The initiative raised an impressive £71,000. The team also raised £26,000 in support of Simon Brown, regional manager in Compass’ Healthcare Retail business, for taking part in the London Marathon in April.
Steven Cenci, Managing Director of Healthcare at Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to have raised the full £151,000 needed to fund such a fundamental piece of research into dysphagia. We are extremely proud of our partnership with Alzheimer’s Society and are pleased to be supporting the charity in the work they do around dementia. The study will help enable care professionals and families to ensure people living with dementia and dysphagia can receive better care.”
To mark Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May), a cheque was presented to Michael Dent, Director of Fundraising at Alzheimer’s Society, during Compass Group UK & Ireland’s Healthcare Conference on May 18.
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