STAFF at Solihull-headquartered Paragon raised £28,700 for Dementia UK last year to help improve the lives of families of people living with dementia.
Money was raised by staff at the financial services company’s Solihull office and 22 other locations around the UK through a series of events and fundraisers.
Teams across the group participated in activities to raise the money needed to train an Admiral nurse, with £100 being the amount needed to train one nurse. Individual teams initiated their own activities to raise money, such as sponsored silences and ‘pie the manager’.
Sales from other events including raffles, Christmas hampers and tuck shops combined, raised a further £4,972 and staff salary contributions raised £4,748.
Paragon’s chosen charity for 2020 is Macmillan Cancer Support and the company will continue the fundraising events again this year to raise as much money as possible.
Paragon Charity Committee Chair, Jennie Smith said: ”It was a privilege to be able to present Dementia UK with a cheque for £28,700. This record-breaking amount will make such a huge difference to the lives of people who are dealing with the Dementia diagnosis of a loved one and provide much needed support to them.
“The bar has been set very high now for 2020 so we are hoping that staff will be encouraged to take up the fundraising challenge again and work to Power an Hour for Macmillan Nurses.”
Dr. Hilda Hayo, CEO and Chief Admiral Nurse at Dementia UK, said: “Dementia is the biggest health and social care issue of today with one million people predicted to live with the condition by 2021.
“Support from Paragon has helped to ensure that dementia specialist support from Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurses is there for more families who need it. Thank you to every member of Paragon staff for all of their fundraising efforts.”