Big hearted employees of E.ON based at sites across Nottingham have helped to raise more than £40,000 for the energy company’s charity partner, Alzheimer’s Society. The two-year relationship began in the summer of 2016 with the aim of donating £200,000 to fund the charity’s Dementia Support Workers by mid-2018.
With around 5,000 employees working at offices in Nottingham, thousands of cakes and samosas have been baked, sold and eaten, and colleagues have regularly donated funds to dress down in denims, and to dress up in costume, including as elves and in outfits inspired by decades past.
Some employees have taken on their own sponsored challenges. Mark Farrell, who works in customer services in Bilborough, recently completed the London Marathon for the third consecutive year.
Mark Farrell said: “I decided to go for the hat trick of London Marathons because I manage a team of 80 people and several of them had asked me if I’d run again this year to raise money and awareness for a cause that means a lot to them and their families.”
Alzheimer’s Society was chosen as E.ON’s official charity partner by colleague vote, and all of the money raised and donated by the company and its employees is used to fund community based Dementia Support Workers, including in Nottingham.
These professionals are on hand to help people who have been diagnosed with dementia take control of their lives and make sense of what is happening. This can include explaining how dementia progresses and also providing practical advice on things like getting financial affairs in order, claiming benefits and making referrals to the other available support services.
Scott Smith, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager for Nottinghamshire, said: “Being diagnosed with dementia can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. Our Dementia Support Workers can help by working directly with people in this situation and their carers to maintain their independence, improve their sense of wellbeing and provide healthy lifestyle advice.
“Alzheimer’s Society provides a dementia support service in Nottinghamshire, alongside Singing for the Brain groups and dementia cafes. Dementia Support Workers are available for home visits or can give advice at our local groups.”
For more information on accessing this service, please call Alzheimer’s Society on 0115 934 3800.
For more information about E.ON’s work with Alzheimer’s Society, visit eonenergy.com/charity