M&S raises £11,000 for dementia charity

M&S Berwick Foodhall has raised £11,640 over the last 12 months for the store's charity of the year, Berwick and District Friends of Dementia.

Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 4:06 pm

The M&S Berwick team hosted a number of fund-raising events throughout the year, including a six-mile sponsored walk and a 100-mile static bike ride across two days.

Four pupils from Tweedmouth Community Middle School also cycled 90km over three hours in aid of the charity, while children from Tweedmouth West First School choir also performed at the store to help raise further funds.

Newcastle Building Society's Berwick branch held a dementia awareness evening in Costa Coffee.

Berwick and District Friends of Dementia provides a weekly support and social group for people suffering with dementia in the local area and their carers.

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The group runs a range of dementia-friendly activities such as art and craft sessions, music and physical activities, all of which are known to be beneficial to people with dementia but can also be enjoyed by their carers.

The funds raised by M&S Berwick will help the charity fund days out for their members including trips to the cinema and theatre, an annual summer outing, as well as providing access to a therapist once a month.

Margaret Johnson, at Berwick and District Friends of Dementia, said: “We really appreciate the hard work that the staff at M&S have put into raising these crucial funds.

“The money raised by the store will not only give our members access to some fun activities but will also allow their carers to take time out every week to relax.”

Findlay Valler, store manager, said: “We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to raise funds for Berwick and District Friends of Dementia. They work tirelessly to help those locally who suffer from dementia as well as their carers.

“We are proud of the support given from both colleagues and customers to raise money for a charity that does so much within our local community and are delighted that we managed to beat our fund-raising target by over £1,000.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle Building Society is playing a key part in making the North East a dementia-friendly region. Its Berwick branch held a dementia awareness evening in Costa Coffee. Businesses and groups were invited and they received a great response from everyone, including the civic party.

The sessions help you learn more about dementia and the small ways in which you can help your communities. To find out more, pop into the Berwick branch.