Harrogate Home Care Team Conquers Ben Nevis for Dementia Awareness Week

Wednesday, 23rd May 2012

Published 23 May 2012.

Employees of Carefound, the Harrogate-based provider of specialist home care services to elderly people, took the fight against dementia to the highest point in Britain last week as part of a fundraising effort for Alzheimer’s Society. The climb coincides with Dementia Awareness Week 2012 – Remember the Person, which is Alzheimer’s Society flagship awareness-raising campaign taking place from 20-26 May.

Philippa Moorse and Amanda Milburn, who both live in Harrogate, conquered the peak and in doing so raised over £1,000 for the charity. This brought the total raised by all those taking part in the challenge to a fantastic £31,000.

Philippa Moorse, who is the Home Care Manager at Carefound, said: “We got firmly behind this event because in helping elderly people remain in the comfort of their own homes we see the impact of dementia every day. It is a condition that can present huge challenges to individuals and their families, particularly when appropriate support is not available. Raising awareness and improving understanding plays a key part in helping people with dementia live longer and happier lives in their own homes in the future and it is great to be able to support Alzheimer’s Society in this way.”

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are delighted that Philippa and Amanda have given their time to support Alzheimer’s Society. One in three people over 65 will die with dementia. It is more than just memory loss; it robs people of their lives and has a devastating impact on families and loved ones. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Philippa and Amanda to help us continue our vital work. Please back Carefound’s ongoing fundraising efforts so that Alzheimer’s Society can continue leading the fight against dementia.”

To learn more about the Ben Nevis Challenge or Dementia Awareness Week do not hesitate to contact the Carefound offices on 01423 774070 or visit their website at www.carefound.co.uk.

About Carefound:

Carefound is a provider of specialist home care and dementia care services to elderly people in North Yorkshire, enabling clients to continue to live independently in the comfort of their own home whilst maintaining the highest quality of life achievable. Services provided include basic help in the home,companionship, personal care, medication help, post-operative rehabilitation, respite care and specialist help such as dementia care and palliative care. The flexible service ranges from 1 hour to 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, including bank holidays, and can also encompass 24-hour live in care services.

About Alzheimer’s Society:

Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them. Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Alzheimer’s Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work.