Bake-off raises cash for Alzheimer’s
A CHARITY that supports people affected by dementia is more than £400 better off, thanks to big-hearted NHS workers in Macclesfield.
Staff at NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) raised £426.25 for the Alzheimer’s Society by staging their own version of the Great British Bake Off, making donations for home-made treats at team briefings and taking part in sponsored events.
The total worked out at an average of around £7 per head as the CCG, which plans and buys most of the area’s health services, employs just over 60 people.
CCG associate director of commissioning Jacki Wilkes presented a cheque for the total to Joanne Dobbie, community fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Speaking at the presentation, Jacki said: “Dementia can happen to anyone and there’s currently no cure.
“That’s why colleagues chose the Alzheimer’s Society as their staff to encourage everyone to get behind the daffodil appeal to help charity last year. They recognised the excellent work the society does to support people with dementia and those who care for them while funding and carrying out vital research.” Joanne added: “We are extremely grateful to all at NHS me and my colleagues care for people in their own homes in Macclesfield.”
Pam who is also a keen collector for Marie Curie said: “I just love collecting and helping to raise funds for such a brilliant cause. As a Marie Curie health care assistant I see where the money goes, which is why I do my bit to help during the collections.”
Jessica Herrington, community fundraiser for East Cheshire, said: “We are calling on the people of Macclesfield to get behind us in March for the 30th Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group for all the time and energy they put into fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of people like them to help us support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.”
Staff fundraising aside, the CCG commissions a wide range of community and inpatient services to support people with dementia and those who care for them.
Funding has supported improvements including East Cheshire NHS Trust’s refurbishment of Ward Nine at Macclesfield District General Hospital with numerous dementiafriendly features plus a conservatory, garden and communal seating area. annual Great Daffodil Appeal. Help us raise more money than ever before by simply giving a donation and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil pin. Every penny donated helps Marie Curie Nurses like Pam provide free care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.”
For more information on how to get involved in the Great Daffodil Appeal by collecting at your local supermarket, contact Jessica Herrington on 0161 255 2800 or visit www. mariecurie.org.uk/ daffodil.
●● Pam Crompton is encouraging people to get collecting for the Marie Curie daffodil appeal
●● Joanne Dobbie is presented with the cheque by Jacki Wilkes