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14 February, 2018 - 02:24 By Kate Sweeney

Actor Whately praises Kier staff for raising over £306k for Alzheimer’s

Construction group Kier played host to actor and Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Kevin Whately at its HQ in Tempsford, Bedfordshire, to celebrate an incredible fundraising achievement – the raising of £306,158 by Kier employees for the charity.

Over the past 18 months, Kier teams have embarked on a wide range of fundraising initiatives, including the 2020 Challenge, its most ambitious charity challenge ever. Using only non-motorised transport, hundreds of construction colleagues took part, travelling from the top of Scotland at Orkney down to the tip of the South West coast in Truro linked up dozens of Kier sites and projects in less than 2020 hours.

Using a vast array of creative modes of transport from kayaks to unicycles and rickshaws, the teams relayed across the UK raising funds and raising awareness for this vital cause.

There are more than 6,800 people living with dementia in Bedfordshire alone. The money raised will help fund a unique research project into early onset dementia, as well as 11,785 Dementia Support Workers hours who help those living with dementia remain independent in their homes for longer.

Other fundraising events included a chilli growing competition, memory walks, tea and talk with colleagues and 52 events in December to raise money during the festive period.

Hundreds of employees have become Dementia Friends, an initiative to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about dementia. Becoming a Dementia Friend simply means finding out more about how dementia affects a person – and then, armed with this understanding, doing small everyday things that help.

Kevin Whately, Alzheimer’s Society ambassador, is primarily known for his role as Lewis in the crime dramas Inspector Morse and Lewis, his role as Neville Hope in the comedy Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and his portrayal of Jack Kerruish in the drama series Peak Practice.

He said: “It is truly uplifting to hear about the different ways people are united against dementia in all walks of life. It is a pleasure to visit Kier Group and hear the inspiring ways employees have raised money across the country.”

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