Everyone went to great lengths to make this launch event a success by donning the charity’s corporate colour, making donations, selling books and home-made cakes and even searching their attics for items for the ‘forgotten in the loft’ stall.
Saskia Stanhope, who has worked for MNPA for nearly four years as an Implementation Analyst, talked about the success of the day and explained the inspiration for nominating the charity:
“I had no trouble dressing from head to toe in purple as it’s my favourite colour - the offices were a sea of purple t-shirts, jumpers and hats – it was great fun! It’s fantastic to know that between us we’ve raised enough money to pay for six days of vital research into Alzheimer’s disease.
“This is the first time MNPA has selected a charity of the year and staff were asked to make their nominations. I was amongst those who suggested the Alzheimer’s Research Trust as I’m very aware that more money is desperately needed to find a cure.
“My father-in-law died with Alzheimer’s, having lived with this devastating disease for a number of years. He went from being a strong, bubbly person to someone who was confused, couldn’t do anything for himself and didn’t recognise his own wife. I found it really distressing seeing how the whole family was affected as he gradually faded away and it was very sad knowing there was little that could be done to help.”
Miranda Mays, Corporate Fundraising Manager for the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said:
“We greatly appreciate all the efforts staff at MNPA are making to help us beat Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. By raising money for vital research they are bringing new preventions, treatments and a cure ever nearer.
“There are over 13,000 people in Surrey living with the daily reality of dementia and more investment into research is desperately needed. Our work is entirely funded by our wonderful supporters – every penny counts!”