In the last six years, teams from across McKesson UK, which includes LloydsPharmacy, have helped to raise three-quarters of a million pounds in support of their charity partner Alzheimer’s Society, helping to fund vital research and services to support people living with dementia.
Toby Anderson, CEO at McKesson UK said: “I’m incredibly proud of our colleagues’ on-going efforts to support our charity partner and people living with dementia, especially during what has been an unprecedented year. Sadly, this disease now seems to touch the lives of so many of us, especially our pharmacy teams, nurses and delivery drivers who interact with dementia patients every day. It’s a cause that is close to many of our hearts and hitting this phenomenal fundraising milestone is a fantastic achievement – all made possible thanks to the continued enthusiasm and generosity shown by both our colleagues and customers.”
The money, which has been raised through corporate initiatives, Cupcake Days, Memory Walks, fancy-dress activities like Elf Day and individual charity events and challenges has previously been used to fund research projects. These have included research into how language and speech patterns can be used to diagnose dementia even earlier as well as investigating how to help people with dementia better manage diabetes.
McKesson UK fundraising money is now being allocated to fund Dementia Advisers who provide support, information and guidance to people with dementia through Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Connect service. In the last year, despite the pandemic, teams from across McKesson UK have raised over £80,000 in support of their charity partner, helping to fund three Dementia Advisers.
Kate Lee, CEO, Alzheimer’s Society commented: “I would like to say a huge thank you to McKesson UK for their incredible efforts over the last six years. Raising £750k is a phenomenal achievement and their support means that Alzheimer’s Society can continue to be there for anyone affected by dementia.”
During the company’s six-year partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, more than 28,000 colleagues have become Dementia Friends and a Memory Tree has been installed in the company’s head office. Most recently the business was the headline sponsor for Alzheimer’s Society Joke’s on You, Dementia! virtual comedy event which raised £36,568.
Plans for the year ahead are also well underway with activity kicking off later this month for Dementia Action Week. This includes a Get Active for Alzheimer’s month-long activity challenge, a dress in denim day and the organisation’s flagship London pharmacy John Bell & Croyden being the first corporate partner to sell forget-me-not pin badges on behalf of the charity. In addition to this, LloydsPharmacy has just announced a carrier bag charge increase from 5p to 10p with Alzheimer’s Society receiving 8p of this.
Toby continues: “The aim now is to reach £1 million in the next two years, if not before! Our partnership with Alzheimer’s Society remains a priority for us, and we’ve now got a fantastic team working on it who are responsible for driving it and exploring new ideas to achieve this goal. I’m excited to see what more we can achieve as we continue to help support the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK.”