Balhousie Care Group care home across Scotland have shown their support to their charity partner, Alzheimer Scotland, holding events and raising money during Dementia Awareness Week Scotland, which took place 29th May – 4th June.

Dementia Awareness Week Scotland aims to educate on dementia care as well as fundraise to help ensure nobody faces dementia alone. Staff, residents and relatives across the groups 24 care home held events throughout the week, from tea parties to purple parties, all in aid of Alzheimer Scotland.

Antiquary care home in Arbroath held a sponsored cycle and have raised over £450, Perth’s North Inch and North Grove homes raised over £400 at their fayre and Lisden in Kirrimuir raised over £550 from their purple party and car boot sale. Balhousie Care Group head office raised £150 during their bake day, where they invited local businesses to take part in Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Friends project.

Balhousie Care Group, who celebrate their 25th birthday later in the year, are aiming to raise £25,000 for the charity over the year, with each of the group’s 24 homes and head office tasked with raising £1,000. Balhousie announced Alzheimer Scotland as their chosen charity partner in December last year after conducting a staff poll.

Yvonne Manson, Dementia Consultant at Balhousie Care Group, said:

“Around 800 of Balhousie Care Group’s residents are living with dementia or cognitive decline so raising both awareness and money is important to everyone at Balhousie. It’s been great to see the fun had by residents and staff across the homes during Dementia Awareness Week Scotland.”

Yvonne continued:

“As Balhousie’s chosen charity partner, our support for Alzheimer Scotland is more than just for this week. Staff, residents and relatives have embraced the challenge of raising £25,000 and are making fantastic progress – with some weird and wacky ways of fundraising! We’ve had staff members doing zip wires, 25 hour cycles and staff and resident sponsored walks.”

The partnership provides Balhousie’s homes with resource for staff training, resident wellbeing and relative support and essential fundraising initiatives help support Alzheimer Scotland to continue to provide specialist services for people with dementia and their carers.

To find out more about Balhousie Care Group visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk