Hörmann bids to raise awareness of dementia
Published on 21st May 2015
Fundraisers at garage and industrial door manufacturer Hörmann have been out in force, generating valuable funds for the company’s 2015 charity partner Alzheimer’s Society.
Last month, 17 brave staff members took part in the gruelling Farmageddon Run in Melton Mowbray, covering a distance of either 5k or 10k, while overcoming obstacles such as hay bale towers, streams and mud crawls.
Amy Fisher, estimating manager, commented: “I saw the event advertised on Facebook and thought it would be perfect for us as an Alzheimer’s Society fundraiser. Since we launched the charity partnership, everyone has been really keen to get involved, so it was fairly easy to get a good team together.”
The challengers, who took part from across the whole business, ran together in teams of 3-4 based on their chosen distance and running experience. Their hard work certainly paid off, raising over £2000 for the deserving cause.
Abigail Cooper, marketing assistant, said: “The atmosphere was amazing. It was incredibly tough in places, particularly the log-carrying section, but we all felt such a strong sense of achievement at the end. Having your colleagues cheer you across the finish line is a pretty good feeling too!”
Currently incurable, dementia affects around 44 per cent of the population and is the single biggest killer of women in the UK. Hörmann is keen to emphasise the important work of the Alzheimer’s Society, which provides support and advice for families living with dementia as well as funding vital research into the condition.
Employees have already taken part in a pub quiz and ‘bake-off’ style event and plans are in place for further fundraisers. Hörmann hopes to launch a 50/50 club, organise a company-wide barbeque and continue the physical challenges with the Twilight Run, which takes place in Market Harborough in September.