Dementia services in Sheffield get a boost from Westfield Health

23rd May 2016

The Sheffield branch of the UK's leading dementia support and research charity has benefitted from a donation from Westfield Health.

The Alzheimer's Society has received £1,000 from the Sheffield-based health insurer, which will help the charity to continue its work to support people with dementia and their carers. The charity, which has an office in Sheffield city centre, provides practical and emotional support and information to help people affected by dementia. It also invests in world-class research into dementia and campaigns to improve public understanding of the condition and the devastating impact in can have on those living with it and their families. The Alzheimer's Society has nearly 3,000 community-based services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. These include dementia advisers and support workers, dementia cafes, day and home support, befriending, carer support groups and the innovative Singing for the Brain groups. There are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and this is set to rise to one million by 2021. There is currently no cure for dementia. Zoe Barraclough, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer's Society said: -We're thrilled to accept this donation of £1,000 from Westfield Health. Alzheimer's Society relies heavily on donations like this one, as they enable us to continue our vital work to support people with dementia and those who look after them. -In Sheffield, our services benefit greatly from donations raised through local fundraising so it's a pleasure to see a company who has been so passionate about raising money for the society for so long. -Dementia Awareness Week 2016 is also coming up, taking place between 18th-21st May, and this is a great time to get involved and raise much needed awareness and funds for the Alzheimer's Society. Graham Moore, Westfield Health Chairman, said: -We are really pleased to be able to help our local branch of the Alzheimer's Society. Dementia is an incredibly cruel condition that turns people's lives upside down and the charity does such tireless work to help all those affected. For more information about the Alzheimer's Society visit alzheimers.org.uk or call Zoe Barraclough on 07710966721.

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