Belvoir staff cover over 1,000 miles to support Alzheimer’s Research UK

09 January 2017

Staff at the Belvoir central office in Grantham have completed an incredible 1,100 miles to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

The 34-strong team have covered the distance with a mixture of running, cycling and rowing. And they’ve done it without even leaving Lincolnshire – using gym equipment in and outside of the office.

The team were aiming to complete 795 miles – the distance between Belvoir’s most southerly office, Plymouth, to their office furthest north, Orkney. However, they smashed that target, and raised over £1,500 for dementia research at the same time.

Tour de Belvoir - staff from the Gratham central office

Tour de Belvoir

The challenge, named Tour de Belvoir, included one member of the team – Martin Bunney, Head of Franchise Recruitment, Property and Acquisitions – enduring a three-hour spin class at Westside Health Club in Stamford. He added 63 miles to the total and raised an amazing £450.

Charlotte Randall, Marketing Co-ordinator at Belvoir, took part in the challenge too. She said:

“Everyone really enjoyed the Tour de Belvoir. It got quite competitive and everyone wanted to complete the most miles! It’s brilliant to be able to raise funds for a cause as important as dementia research.”

Belvoir has over 170 offices nationwide, and each one is encouraged to fundraise for a charity of its choice during the year. At the Grantham central office, staff were asked to put forward charity suggestions and decided upon Alzheimer’s Research UK, which was proposed by Marketing Director, Kiara Simmance. She said:

“I put forward Alzheimer’s Research UK as my charity of choice for the Tour de Belvoir because sadly Alzheimer’s affects many people here at Belvoir central office and all across the UK. Research into finding ways to prevent it or to slow down its progress will have a huge impact on future generations.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK powers world class studies into dementia research, focusing on prevention, diagnosis and much-needed treatments.

Clare Robinson, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We’re so grateful to everyone at Belvoir’s central office for putting such incredible effort into this fundraising challenge. It’s brilliant to see such a dedicated and generous team.

“Around 225,000 people in the UK will develop dementia this year – that’s one every three minutes. It’s so important that we do something to stop this devastating condition, which is why Alzheimer’s Research UK powers vital studies into dementia research.”

To support the team, visit http://www.justgiving.com/Tourdebelvoir

For further information about the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or go to www.alzheimersresearchuk.org.