We’ve donated another £2,000 to local dementia charities
We’re pleased to report on World Alzheimer’s Day that, thanks to the fantastic fundraising efforts of our staff, we’ve been able to donate £2,000 this month to local charities Bristol Dementia Action Alliance and BRACE Alzheimer’s Research.
The money is split equally between the two organisations and will be used for a diverse range of initiatives. It takes the total raised for the charities by the firm and staff this year to £5,000.
In the case of Bristol Dementia Action Alliance, the money will help fund awareness-raising activities in the local community. Their projects include linking up with Bristol Airport, First Bus and taxi firms to make local transport more accessible for people with dementia, campaigning to keep dementia friendly spaces such as libraries and toilets open and running events such as Memory Cafes to reduce social isolation.
In contrast, BRACE’s focus is on dementia research in the hope of finding a cure. It funds pioneering studies into the causes of dementia and partners with research and healthcare bodies across the country to do this. One example of work which it contributes to is the South West Dementia Brain Bank, which stores and analyses specimens of healthy brains and those affected by dementia.
For many people at the firm, dementia is a cause close to their heart and this shows through in their commitment to fundraising for the two charities.
Senior Associate Anna Molter, who is a trustee of BDAA and sits on the South West Dementia Brain Bank advisory committee, has been a particularly strong advocate for making the firm a dementia friendly space. She greeted the news of the additional funds warmly:
“We are so grateful to the staff at Barcan+Kirby for their continued support in helping BDAA achieve its objective to make Bristol a Dementia Friendly city.”
Tony Hall, Chair of Bristol Dementia Action Alliance, thanked the firm in a letter to charity committee chair Helen Franklin, saying:
“Thank you and all of your colleagues for making us one of the charities you supported this year and raising a fabulous sum of £1,000. For a tiny charity like us, this is a lot of money and I can assure you that we will use it wisely.”