Employees at St. Ives company Linx Printing Technologies have raised £10,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK by taking part in a range of fundraising activities over the course of a year.
To reach the sum, colleagues at the coding and marking specialist organised car washes, bake sales and raffles – and also participated in Cambridgeshire’s annual Chariots of Fire race, which saw 33 colleagues run the 1.6 mile course in relay teams of six.
The Chariots of Fire race is one of Cambridgeshire’s largest annual charity events. Inspired by the film of the same name, it was founded in 1992, and has since raised more than £1 million for local and regional charities.
“We were very impressed with the commitment the Linx employees showed when training for the race – it was typical of Linx’s broader commitment to fundraising for dementia research,” comments Holly Noon, Fundraising Officer for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
The £10,000 will now go towards vital research into the four key areas the charity focuses on: prevention, cause, treatment, and cure.
It is estimated that 850,000 people are currently living with dementia in the UK, while one in 14 people over 65 have the condition. One in three children born in the UK this year will go on to develop dementia in their lifetime.
“Every year we donate to one main organisation that means a lot to our staff, and Alzheimer’s Research UK is a perfect example of this,” comments Jose Gomez, Linx’s Managing Director.
“Almost all of us will be affected by dementia, whether directly or indirectly, at some point in our lifetimes. We are therefore extremely proud to have played a part in tackling it by organising all these events and activities.”
Holly Noon concludes: “Linx has shown fantastic support for our charity, and we are extremely grateful for their contribution, which supports our aim to raise awareness of dementia and fund life-changing research.”