Compass raises £73,000 for Alzheimer's Society

14 November 2016 by
Compass raises £73,000 for Alzheimer's Society

Compass Group UK & Ireland's healthcare sector has raised £73,000 in one year for the Alzheimer's Society, exceeding its original target of £50,000.

The money will help support the charity carry out research into the link between food and dementia.

Compass will continue with its fundraising efforts to support the £151,000 required to fund the research, which will be led by Lindsay Collins, an Alzheimer's Society clinical fellow at the University of Bradford.

The firm first announced its support for Alzheimer's Society during group's Healthcare Conference in May 2015.

Fundraising activities have included a cycling event in Leeds which raised more than £2,000, a conference fundraising day which raised £700 and a range of activities also took place during Dementia Awareness Week, raising a total of £25,000.

Steve Cenci, managing director of Healthcare at Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: "We are extremely proud of our partnership with the Alzheimer's Society and how much we have raised in a year.

"It is such a great achievement to have smashed our original target of £50,000 and reaching the £73,000 mark. We are pleased to be supporting Alzheimer's Society in their fundamental research on the effects of dysphagia and dementia. The study will help enable care professionals and families to ensure people living with dementia and dysphagia can receive better care."

Michael Dent, director of fundraising at Alzheimer's Society, added: "We are extremely grateful for the support and dedication Compass has shown in their fundraising efforts.

"Eating, drinking and swallowing can become very difficult for people with dementia, leading to many issues like poor nutrition, dehydration and weight loss. This money will go a long way in funding research into the issue and helping those affected by dementia to live better in the future."

While fundraising for the Alzheimer's Society, the healthcare business at Compass Group UK & Ireland also launched its Dignified Dining toolkit, in more than 60 hospitals and care homes. The initiative aims to provide nutritional care to people living with dementia.

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