Charity of the year

Every year we vote for a charity of the year to sponsor. Everyone at Frettens has the opportunity to propose a charity, and a shortlist is then voted on by the whole team.

In 2019, we will be supporting Alzheimer’s Society.

Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today.

Dementia is the UK's biggest killer. Someone develops it every 3 minutes and there's currently no cure.

There are many symptoms, the most common being memory loss, changes in behaviour including aggression, difficulty communicating, hallucinations, depression and anxiety. Sadly this disease not only effects the victim by stripping them of their independence and most of the time their personality, but family and friends also suffer a great deal throughout the process. The average life expectancy after being diagnosed is 10 years.

5 things you should know about dementia

1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
We all forget a name or a face sometimes. Especially as we get older. But dementia is something different.

2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain
Diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease cause nerve cells to die, damaging the structure and chemistry of the brain.

3. Dementia is not just about losing your memory
When most people hear the word dementia, they think of memory loss.

4. People can still live well with dementia
Although there is no cure for dementia, scientists and researchers are working hard to find one.

5. Alzheimer’s Society is here for anyone affected by dementia
Alzheimer’s Society provide expert information and support to anyone affected by dementia.

There hasn’t been a new drug for dementia introduced in 15 years. There is no way to prevent dementia and there is no cure yet. But through research, we will beat it.