Bunzl Healthcare, the specialist distribution company has raised £53,014 for Alzheimer’s Society in the first year of the partnership with the charity. Money raised will support people with dementia to live well with the condition whilst we search for a cure. The healthcare company surprised Alzheimer’s Society by presenting them with a cheque for £15,000 to kick start the second year of the partnership at their annual sales conference. Staff gathered at Whittlebury Hotel and Spa in Towcester to celebrate successes of the first year after the partnership was launched in November 2011.
From a spontaneous donation of £20,000 from Bunzl plc, to a gift of £10,000 from supplier GAMA healthcare in support of four staff members who bravely jumped out of a plane, there were many fundraising highlights throughout the year. Other staff took part in events including a Yorkshire three peaks trek, London to Paris bike ride and a coast to coast cycle. To encourage staff to get behind the cause, Bunzl launched a scheme challenging people to raise £1,500 each. Those who exceeded this were in the running to be recognised as Charity Olympians. Dani Benson, was chosen as this year’s individual charity olympian, after raising £1,600 by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. The team winners were The BHS Ultimate sky divers; Phil Dove, Victoria Smith, Lisa Pollitt and Jessica Sutcliffe, recognised for their free falling achievement. Liz Monks, Director of Fundraising at Alzheimer’s Society, said: "We’re delighted that Bunzl has raised this money and are hugely grateful for the commitment staff have shown to our cause in the first year of the partnership. The funds will make a real difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of companies and individuals to help us continue to support people living with dementia, so they can have the best quality of life possible." Chris Wakeman, Managing Director of Bunzl Healthcare said: "The employees at Bunzl Healthcare have really got behind raising money for a very worthy cause. To raise over £53,000 is a superb result and well done to everyone who participated in the fund raising events across the company. We have set ourselves a challenge to try to exceed our first years’ fund raising total for the second year of our partnership with Alzheimer’s Society! Events that are organised will be shared with the business and good luck again to everyone for another year of fund raising."