Foresters Friendly Society members raise £85,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Friday, March 31, 2017

Members of Foresters Friendly Society are celebrating after raising over £85,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The financial services provider, which has its headquarters in Southampton, took part in a host of fundraising activities as well as working to raise awareness of dementia.

Each year the Foresters’ elected National President for the year, known as the High Chief Ranger, chooses a charity for the members to support. Linda Levett was High Chief Ranger for 2015/16 and nominated Alzheimer’s Research UK as a cause close to her heart, having nursed her mother who had dementia.  The Foresters members set out to improve awareness and understanding of dementia, as well as to raise as much as possible for the charity’s vital research projects.

Across the year, members threw themselves behind the challenge with a range of events including a glittering Black-Tie Charity Ball where Alzheimer’s Research UK celebrity supporter Russell Grant was the guest of honour. As part of a drive to promote a healthy lifestyle and inform people about ways to reduce their dementia risk, members and staff also took part in a variety of active fundraisers including entering the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, running marathons, and walking the equivalent from Land’s End to John O’Groats using a pedometer!  Many of those supporting the charity were driven by their own personal experiences of dementia.

Linda said:
“Supporting charitable causes is an important part of our ethos at the Foresters, and throughout my year as High Chief Ranger our members and staff have really shown how they can rise to the challenge. So many of us know someone with dementia, and the devastating impact of the condition on families across the United Kingdom and this is why I wanted to back Alzheimer’s Research UK. I nursed my mother who had dementia and I am both delighted and proud that people across the Society have shown so much support and helped to raise such an incredible amount for this important cause.”

Steve Frost, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“We’ve been bowled over by the lengths that some of the members and staff at the Foresters have gone to in their fundraising, and we can’t thank them enough for their support. The money they’ve raised is enough to help provide crucial resources and equipment for our scientists, helping to bring new treatments and preventions a step closer. There are currently 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia and with no treatments to tackle the underlying diseases, research is vital. We rely on donations to be able to fund our research and it’s thanks to the support of companies like Foresters Friendly Society that we’re able to continue our work.”