Scrivens Opticians has always helped charities though the years but we are proud to announce our first official partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society for 2015, 2016 and 2017.
100,000 people develop dementia every year having an impact on many people. In the UK alone, 830,000 people suffer with dementia and around 23 million of the UK population have a close friend or family member with dementia. Not only is this a worthwhile charity to support from a fundraising perspective but it is something close to our hearts.
According to several other major studies, hearing loss could also be an early warning sign for dementia. The study, carried out by researchers from the John Hopkins School of Medicine and other research institutions in the US found that those with a hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia. Further research is now being conducted to find whether hearing aids can delay or even prevent dementia.
Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation and a leading support and research charity for people with Dementia, their families and carers. It is the largest and oldest Dementia charity in the UK. Thirty years of work has given Alzheimer’s Society the experience needed to continuously develop and improve its services and with 230 branches and a strong central organisation, Alzheimer’s Society provides services that are supported nationally with a flexibility to meet local needs.
There are some dates and events that are key to Alzheimer’s Society:
18th – 25th May – Dementia Awareness Week
21st September – World Alzheimer’s Day
During and on these dates we will be looking at running events with our branches in order to raise awareness and fundraise for Alzheimer’s Society. We have many other fundraising events planned including cake sales and children’s competitions and we will also be partaking in memory walks organised by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Keep up by checking out our Facebook page and Scrivens Opticians have also signed JustGiving campaign so if you want to be involved you can follow our progress or donate at https://www.justgiving.com/company/Scrivens
Over the summer we ran a Memorable Moments competition to find the best moments to go in our Alzheimer’s Calendar. All the money raised from the sale of the calendar went directly to Alzheimer’s Society.
During this years World Alzheimer’s Day Scrivens Opticians spent the week running charity events through out it’s branches. Including donating one pound for every hearing screening which took place during the week.
With colourful fancy dress, cake sales and more they managed to raise over £5,500!!
All the money will go directly to Alzheimer’s Society.
Scrivens Opticians was the place to seek out romance, thrills, suspense and a whole lot more when it staged a charity book sale.
Staff have donated books from home and collected titles from family and friends to sell in aid of Alzheimer’s Society and to mark World Book Day on March 2. To add to the fun, the team dressed up as favourite book characters and provided cakes etc and raised over £4500!
Birmingham based Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care has raised more than £16,000 for its charity of the year Alzheimer’s Society and is to support the cause for a third successive year in 2017.
Last year’s bumper sum brings the total collected so far to £28,700 as the family firm’s network of 177 branches got behind the charity to raise funds and awareness.
Cake sales, themed days, sponsored runs and cycle rides, plus a national competition for children to design a pair of glasses, were among the engaging activities used and proved a big hit.
Chairman Nicholas Georgevic said: “The response has been fantastic and has really touched a chord. We have developed close links with Alzheimer’s Society since we adopted it as our charity of the year in 2015 and we were keen to continue the partnership.
“There is growing evidence of a link between hearing loss and dementia, including Alzheimer’s, and as dementia affects so many people there is an increasing need for help and care.”
Our staffs at Rugby branch have stepped out of their comfort zone to raise over £500 for charity.
The team of six chose to run 8km for our company’s charity, Alzheimer’s Society, having decided to use the fundraiser as an incentive to get fit. Read more here: Our Rugby Branch Puts Its Best Foot Forward For Charity.
Our very own Claire Connolley will be raising money for Alzheimer’s by doing a truly astonishing number of long distance runs over the next few months. The first one is the millennium way which is 41 miles and is on 6th March 2016, then Potters half marathon on the 12th of June 2016 and finally Potters full marathon on July the 3rd 2016. Read more here: Claire Sets Sights On Running Challenge For Alzheimer’s Society
Claire Connolley’s JustGiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/ClaireConnolly3103/
In support of World Alzheimer’s Day, we are joining forces with Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and the fight against dementia. Research carried out by researchers from the John Hopkins School of Medicine, found that hearing loss could actually be an early warning sign.those with an uncorrected hearing loss were more likely to develop dementia.
To help raise awareness of this link and we would like to let you know that you can get your hearing checked in minutes with our free hearing screening and we will be donating £1 for every hearing screening undertaken during 21st-26th September!
To find your local branch click here.
Members of the Marketing department from Scrivens House took part in the Birmingham Memory Walk at Cannon Hill Park on Sunday. Together they raised a fantastic £455 for Alzheimer’s Society!
A huge congratulations and a massive well done to Louisa Pawsey who completed the London memory walk on Saturday 5th Seprember, doing the 7k in 1 hour 17 minutes and finishing 29th out of 8000!
She managed to raise a fantastic £512 in sponsorship and sold a signed Chelsea shirt on eBay for £1,100 all for Alzheimer’s Society!
Dispensing optician Amy Roe and optometrist Rachel Ogden will test their stamina and fitness in aid of Alzheimer’s Society on Saturday 25 July.
They hope to raise at least £250 each by climbing three mountains, Pen-y-Ghent (694m) Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m) covering a distance of around 24 miles during the day.
Amy said: “Alzheimer’s Society is Scrivens’ principal charity this year and we wanted to do something special for it. We’ve never done anything like this before and we know it will be tough but we’re looking forward to it.
Rachel added: “I am a keen runner and Amy has been doing plenty of practising. It is an organised event and we will support and encourage each other to help us complete the challenge within the 12 hours target.”
Both women know that conquering the three peaks in the Yorkshire Dales is no mean feat as the steep climbs and descents will be physically demanding, albeit in stunning scenery.
Marie Sanders is a woman with a focus on walking for hundreds of miles to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The 46-year-old manager of Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care in Fakenham simply loves a challenge and this year will take on not one but FOUR 100 kilometre walks for the cause.
She explained: “It all started when I did a 10K Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s Society in 2013. It took me just over an hour to do and I thought I could do something more challenging. I found out about the 100k ultra challenges and decided to give them a go.
Marie has a personal reason for getting involved in such testing feats of endurance. Her father, who is 78, has dementia and the father of a colleague has Alzheimer’s.
To kick-start the fundraising we held a Cake Day, selling an array of home-baked goodies at our head office in Birmingham, where we raise £160 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
We held a few Cake Bake’s at our head office in Birmingham and all together we have raised over £700 for the Alzheimer’s Society.