Leading IT company raise funds to support people living with dementia in Cardiff

Vista Retail Support, based in Cardiff, has chosen Alzheimer’s Society as their charity of the year.

Vista Retail Support, based in Cardiff, has chosen Alzheimer’s Society as their charity of the year. Over the course of the next 12 months, the 200 staff including the senior management team will be taking on a range of fundraising challenges to raise money to support those living with dementia and their carers.

In addition to the traditional office-based fundraising, the Vista team have chosen to challenge their staff in to taking part in running and cycling events throughout the partnership. This way they can not only raise sponsorship for the charity but also champion the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

Supporting their local community is hugely important to Vista Retail Support. The company have set themselves a target of £3000 which they plan to reach by September 2016. Managing Director Richard Cottrell said;

'We are delighted to be supporting Alzheimer’s Society as our charity of the year. Dementia is a disease that affects so many people and our staff and management team feel strongly about raising money to support the work that the society undertakes across the country.

'We hope the partnership will not only provide vital funds to help those diagnosed live well for longer, but also provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the issues affecting people living with dementia and their carers.'

Claire Reinholdt, Marketing Executive for Vista Retail Support, has experienced the effects of dementia first-hand;

'My grandmother has dementia and I am now her Deputy since my grandfather passed away last year, which means I have to make decisions on her behalf, including financial decisions like selling her house.

'I think it was 7 or 8 years ago that my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease but she had been unwell for much longer, since she retired at 60. My granddad and I noticed she wasn’t eating and her weight plummeted to 5 and a half stone. She is now in a care home which is excellent and provides full support for people with dementia and is looking really well and happy.

'My colleagues here have really got behind Alzheimer’s Society as a charity partner. I attended the conference last month and learnt so much. Particularly about how young people can also have dementia, which is often seen as something that only affects older people. It’s sparked a lot of interest here and we all are fully behind the charity in their work to help support people who experience this terrible condition'

Natalie de Maid, who manages corporate partnerships for the charity in Wales said;

'We are delighted and thankful that Vista Retail Support has chosen us as their charity of the year. The money they raise will help us continue to support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow'