McKesson UK unites against dementia in support of World Alzheimer’s Month

Throughout September, teams from McKesson UK took part in Memory Walks to raise money and awareness in support of Alzheimer’s Society.

Many colleagues from across the business (which includes LloydsPharmacy) signed up to the Memory Walks throughout September, collecting sponsors and making donations to participate.

Toby Anderson, McKesson UK CEO, hosted a walk for employees based at the Coventry head office. He commented: “I was honoured to lead the first of our two Memory Walks in Coventry and proud to see so many people give their time to support Alzheimer’s Society. Many of our colleagues are already Dementia Friends and wear the forget-me-not logo badge to show their support for the charity. Our store teams and delivery drivers interact with dementia patients every day, so it’s a cause that is close to many of our hearts. It was inspiring to see so many colleagues walk together to help raise money and awareness for our charity partner.”

The Memory Walks formed part of a series of activities planned by McKesson UK to support World Alzheimer’s Month throughout September. Earlier in the month, colleagues were invited to get involved and show their support by wearing something blue to work.

A Memory Tree has also been installed at the company’s head office in Coventry. This will give colleagues and visitors the opportunity to attach leaves to the tree as messages of support or tributes to loved ones who have been affected by dementia.

McKesson UK has been an official charity partner of Alzheimer’s Society since April 2015. In that time, more than 28,000 colleagues have become Dementia Friends and over £600,000 has been raised through corporate fundraising days, individual charity events and challenges, cake sales and fancy-dress activities.

The money they have raised has been used to support vital research into how language and speech patterns can be used to diagnose dementia even earlier. They are also funding a project investigating how to help people with dementia can better manage diabetes.

Earlier this year, LloydsPharmacy became the first pharmacy company to launch the Dementia Connect referral service. Seven stores in the North West of England are currently piloting the initiative which allows teams to refer patients directly to additional dementia support services via Alzheimer’s Society.