The funds raised by the Bristol division will support the charity in its goal to find a cure for dementia
The Bristol division of Barratt Homes has handed over nearly £27,000 to the UK’s leading dementia research charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK, its charity of the year.
Staff and friends raised £13,392.92 by taking part in these activities and Barratt Homes doubled the donation to £26,785.84.
Dementia is one of the world’s greatest health challenges, with almost one million people living with dementia in the UK.
Funds raised will go towards pioneering dementia research that will help to make breakthroughs in dementia research possible.
Alzheimer’s Research UK has faced a drop in funds due to Covid-19 and this is putting dementia research at risk – Vicky Lake, Alzheimer’s Research
The charity was chosen by the team in Bristol as part of a collective decision-making process that involved a staff survey. Numerous fundraising activities were arranged over the course of a year, most prior to the pandemic, including a cake sale, bingo, a quiz, a golf day, and an exclusive show home furniture sale to staff, friends and family.
Vicky Lake, corporate partnerships manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen as Barratt Bristol’s charity partner of the year and to receive such an incredible amount.
“Sadly, Alzheimer’s Research UK has faced a drop in funds due to Covid-19 and this is putting dementia research at risk. But thanks to the heart-warming efforts from staff at Barratt Bristol, we can continue funding ground-breaking dementia research, which will help us to transform the lives of everyone affected by the condition.”
Andrea Pilgrim, sales director at Barratt Bristol, said: “We’re so proud of our staff for their incredible efforts in raising this significant sum for Alzheimer’s Research UK, and we’re delighted to have been able to double the funds raised.
“At Barratt Homes, it’s hugely important to us to be able to help make a positive difference to people’s lives, and charitable donations such as this are just one of the ways we make this happen.”
In addition to this fundraising activity, together with its sister company David Wilson Homes, the house-builders donate £3,000 every month to local causes in the South West as part of the company’s commitment to supporting the communities where they are building new homes.
Recent support included donations to local food banks, which experienced unprecedented demand due to lockdown and the Covid pandemic.