As this week is Dementia Awareness Week (15th May – 21st May 2016) , the team here at ICS have been raising money for Defying Dementia. Defying Dementia are a registered charity that raise funds and awareness of research into neurodegenerative diseases. The research lab at Lancaster University are already developing new treatments and drugs but they need to be tested and there is a significant cost to do this.
One in six people aged 80 and over have dementia, and it is expected that there will be 1 million people with dementia in the UK by 2025.
Today we’ve raised money by wearing yellow. We wore yellow as it is a primary colour and one which Dementia sufferers can recognise for longer as the disease progresses. Those that didn’t own a yellow item of clothing purchased Defying Dementia wristbands and ribbons and in total we raised £91.96 on the day.
We are also raising more money by raffling off a Sale Sharks shirt signed Danny Cipriani which we were kindly given when we sponsored the Sale Sharks v Gloucester game on 29th April. It is a 50 ticket raffle and each ticket is £5 – if you’d like the chance to win the shirt whilst at the same time raising money for Defying Dementia then please donate £5 through Just Giving ensuring you leave your full name. You can donate on our JustGiving page here.
We’ve also shared a dementia fact each day around the office to raise awareness of the disease.
To find out more about Defying Dementia and the work they do, please visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/defyingdementia.