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We’re supporting Dementia Awareness Week
At Barcan+Kirby, we’re proud to announce our support for Dementia Awareness Week, running May 15th to 21st, 2017.
Dementia Awareness Week aims to unite people across the UK to take action against dementia – whether by fundraising, organising an event or simply making people aware of the causes, symptoms and support available to people affected by the condition.
As a firm, we currently support two dementia-related causes as our charities of the year – BRACE, the dementia research charity, and Bristol Dementia Action Alliance (BDAA). Dementia currently affects more than 800,000 people in the UK, with numbers expected to rise to 1 million by 2020. It is now the leading cause of death in the UK.
We’re supporting a BRACE initiative to raise awareness of their research and their need for support through legacies. During Dementia Awareness Week, we’ll donate £20 to BRACE for every new Will instruction received between May 15th and 19th. You can find further information about the initiative on the BRACE website.
Furthermore, Anna Molter, Senior Associate and the firm’s Dementia Friends Champion, will be spreading the word about dementia to a range of people – both young and old.
As well as running two Dementia Friends Information sessions for Year 3 pupils at Bromley Heath Junior School and a session for Parents of Year 3 students, she will also be visiting the South West Brain Bank at Southmead Hospital. She will be touring their laboratories to find out more about the work being done in Bristol to understand the condition and search for a cure.
Anna Molter said, “Raising awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s is hugely important to Barcan+Kirby – it’s something that many of us, myself included, feel passionate about. Dementia Awareness Week is an ideal opportunity to improve public understanding of dementia and highlight the small but inexpensive steps that businesses can take to support staff, clients and customers affected by the condition.”
Anna continues, “As Dementia Friends Champion, I’d like to see more Bristol businesses take action and throw their support behind this cause, so that those with dementia, as well as those at the risk or with dementia, can feel more comfortable accessing local services.”