Nexus workers have raised over £12,000 to help people in our region who are living with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Society will benefit from the donation, following a year of fundraising efforts. A range of events were held in support of the charity, from heritage tours on Metro to cake sales, raffles and individual fundraising efforts.
The money, £12,675 in total, was officially handed over at a virtual cheque presentation. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW7A3J44Ylw&t=8s
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, chose to support Alzheimer’s Society in 2019/20 as part of its annual fundraising drive, which sees staff choose a charity to support for a whole year.
Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “Our employees have done a great job this year with their fundraising efforts for Alzheimer’s Society. Lots of staff have got involved, arranging cakes sales and doing charity walks, helping out a really worthy cause.
“We set a target of £10,000 and we have raised over £12,000. It’s a fantastic sum of money that will go to support people living with dementia in our region. It is support that is all the more important given the devastating impact the Covid-19 crisis has had on the most vulnerable people in our society and the wider charitable sector.”
Dan Nelson, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society in the North East, said: “This is fantastic fundraising achievement by Nexus – we are incredibly grateful for their support.
“Right now, people living with dementia need our support more than ever because the coronavirus pandemic has hit them harder than any other group. A quarter of those who have died from Covid-19 had dementia.
“Since the lockdown began our trained staff have made more than 100,000 welfare calls to people with dementia and their carers to offer support, information and to reassure them that they are not alone. Every penny raised by our dedicated fundraisers is helping us to continue this vital work.”