Our Charity of the Year for 2014/2015 was the Alzheimer’s Society. The charity was chosen for the wide range of support it offers dementia suffers, and their carers and families, in the region.
We are proud of our strong community ties and our commitment to helping people in need. I know our colleagues will get behind this admirable charity to raise funds and awareness for a cause which affects so many children and their families.
— Paul Scholey, Senior Partner at Morrish Solicitors
About Alzheimer’s Society
There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to one million by 2021. The Society’s fight for a better world for people with all types of dementia takes a wide range of forms. Through their network of local services, they touch the lives of over 30,000 people every week, providing practical services and support for people with dementia and their carers.
Their local services include day care and home care for people with dementia, as well as support and befriending services to help partners and families cope with the demands of caring. From Alzheimer’s Café’s and innovative ‘Singing for the Brain‘ sessions to memory-book projects and group outings, their services provide both practical support and an essential point of human contact.
Want to find out more about dementia – view the Alzheimer’s Society infographic.
How we helped…
Funds were raised through various activities, including staff dress down days, an organised quiz night, taking part in the Memory Walk (see below for further information), World Cup Sweepstake, cake bake, raffle and many other activities. We also sold the Alzheimer’s Society badges and received donations in collection tins, which were placed at all 4 of our branch offices.
Help us spread the word
On 6 September 2014, a team of 9 Morrish staff took part in the annual Memory Walk in Roundhay Park, Leeds, in order to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. They included a mix of staff across our offices in Leeds, Yeadon, Bradford and Pudsey.
It was a 10k walk, with 2 Morrish teams taking part – the first which completed the course in 1 hour 50 minutes and the second in around 2 hours. Over £600.00 was raised in total, which will be added to the funds already raised during the course of the year.
A really good day out, great way to actually get some exercise and a chance to get some money for a worthy cause.
Some quotes from the people who took part on the day:
“I personally have never experienced a family member with this illness however I did know a lady from my previous employment who was living on her own with her husband who suffered with dementia. She made it into work every day with the thought of her husband, who had to be left home alone, as she had no one else to assist and she did not know whether he was going to be safe or not. People need these organisations to help them get through the day and give them advice and assistance in hard times. You never know when dementia/ Alzheimer’s is going to strike and who it strikes next but at the end of the day it’s someone’s daughter, son, wife, husband, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather and they all need as much help and support as they can get”.
“It was great to see so many people at Roundhay Park taking part in the Memory Walk to fundraise for this great charity. I have seen first-hand the great work Alzheimer’s Society are doing to help people with dementia. As long as we continue to provide support to this charity, I am sure one day we will find a cure for this horrible condition”.
Halloween Cake Bake-Off
Staff across all 4 of our branches baked lots of lovely cakes and treats in aid of our Great Halloween Bake-Off. Large cakes were auctioned across the business and staff were able to leave donations in an honesty box for smaller treats – suffice to say that they didn’t last long and there were just a few crumbs left at the end of the day! The event raised a fantastic £300.00 for our Chraity of the Year, the Alzheimer’s Society.
Alzheimer’s Society Centre – Armley, Leeds
On 2 October a group of staff from Morrish Solicitors visited the Alzheimer’s Society centre in Armley, Leeds, to help out with gardening duties in the grounds.
The sun was shining and there were cups of tea aplenty to keep the teams thirst quenched throughout the day.
We would like to thank the staff at the centre for making us feel so welcome.
The day care centre cares for people with early onset dementia referrals for people aged 65 and under. They offer a wide range of activities, plus trips out, relaxation time and complementary therapies.
Tea Cosy Memory Cafe – Rothwell
The Tea Cosy Memory Cafe is held on the first Saturday of every month at Rothwell Parish Centre. It is for all those in need of support but specifically for those affected by dementia. It’s a place where dementia sufferers and their carers can meet and it’s now used regularly by almost 100 people.
We attended their 3rd birthday celebrations on 4 October and what a fantastic project this is. The hall was full to bursting with not only people suffering with dementia in attendance, but also their carers, families and people from the community. There were also visitors from West Yorkshire Police – Leeds Outer South, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Leeds dementia action alliance. the project manger for Dementia Action Alliance, Radio Leeds, Leeds Involving People, Leeds Older Peoples Forum, Local MPs and councillors and the Lord Mayor.