Ten employees of Hawick’s Bank of Scotland branch raised £450 for Alzheimer Scotland on a sponsored walk last week.
Leaving after work at 5:30pm on Friday, the group struck out for Denholm six miles away, “on probably the wettest day of the year”, one of the fund-raisers Jackie Harkness said.
Bank of Scotland staff voted Alzheimer Scotland as their charity of the year, and launched a national campaign to raise £2million.
The target will help the organisation start the first UK-wide programme giving carers information and skills to support loved ones suffering from dementia.
Bank staff chose the charity, Ms Harkness said, because “more and more people are being affected by Alzheimers. It was very meaningful to people who donated at our branch.”
Generous Teries stuffed coins and notes in collecting tins placed around the bank, and employees’ family and friends sponsored the walk mile by mile too.
Alzheimer Scotland said just £10 pays for a carer’s handbook, £100 pays for a trainer to help carers better understand dementia, and £1,000 can ‘train a trainer to transform the lives of hundreds of carers’. Currently the charity estimates 86,000 people suffer from dementia in Scotland.
To donate of for more information, visit www.alzscot.org.