Dementia Action Week 2019

Posted 17/05/2019 by E.ON

At E.ON, we’re passionate about improving people’s lives which is why we’ve been working with our charity partner, Alzheimer’s Society, for more than two years to help support its ambition of making the UK a dementia-friendly place to live.

As part of Dementia Action Week, we asked four of our colleagues who – in addition to their day jobs - are in their own way working to raise money and awareness of dementia, to share their story. Find out more about how and why they’ve chosen to support Alzheimer’s Society.

Name: Joshua Willis

I joined E.ON four years ago on the Finance Graduate Scheme and now work as an Analyst. I decided to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Society as my girlfriend’s Grandma is living with dementia and I often see the effect it has, not only on her, but the whole family who work very hard to care for her. So far I’ve raised £1,200 for Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Support Workers by climbing Snowdon at Midnight with 39 other E.ON colleagues and running Alzheimer Society’s Vitality Big Half Marathon in March.

Snowdon was by far the easier of the two and there was something nice about being (almost) the only people on the mountain at the time. The weather was pretty miserable, but spirits remained high throughout the group.

I really enjoyed the Big Half, despite the weather again being less than ideal. There was a great atmosphere all morning and the public support along the route was fantastic – having my name on my top was key as there was always someone shouting encouragement just when I needed it! This was my first half marathon, but I’ve definitely caught the bug as I’ve since booked onto another two, as well as my first full Marathon in October, which I’ll be running in aid of Alzheimer’s Society.

Name: Leo Chell

Leo Chell, one of our Lead Customer Advisors, has sky-dived, bungee jumped and climbed Snowdon all to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. Watch him talk about why he fundraises for the charity and his most recent challenge.

 

Name: Jane Brooks

I first got involved with Alzheimer’s Society last year, when I became a Dementia Friend. As a Dementia Friend you learn about dementia, so you can raise awareness and support people living with dementia in your community.

My friend’s husband has dementia and it really helped me to better understand the disease – the different types, what it can be like to receive a diagnosis and how to provide support.

I am a Wellbeing Champion at E.ON and I wanted to put myself in a position to share this learning, so I volunteered to become a Dementia Champion at E.ON, meaning I can deliver Dementia Friends sessions to colleagues myself.

In my own time, I’m studying a course on mental health awareness, which includes a section on dementia. I’m also a Union Learning Representative and raise awareness on Dementia as part of this role at events such as our Learning at Work week in May.

Name: Satti Bhagrath

Satti Bhagrath, an Accounting Business Partner at E.ON, volunteers as an E.ON charity champion for Alzheimer’s Society. Watch Satti’s video to find out more about her role as a charity champion and why she decided to volunteer.

 

We’re proud of all our colleagues’ efforts to support Alzheimer’s Society, whether that’s by becoming a Dementia Friend or fundraising. If you’d like to learn more about our partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, visit our website.

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