In its 70th year, Faithful+Gould is launching 704SE7ENTY, its first national charity initiative, seeing colleagues across the UK and European offices cycling 7,000 miles in 70 days aiming to raise £70,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society.
In addition to raising money by cycling to sister offices in the region, following large parts of the Tour de Yorkshire route, Faithful+Gould staff are running, walking, baking cupcakes and undertaking a Tough Mudder challenge to raise funds to combat a disease that one in 20 people over 60 around the world live with.
As well as fundraising, however, all Leeds colleagues will become ‘Dementia Friends’, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative to enable people to learn more about dementia and the ways they can help from simply telling friends about the initiative to visiting someone they know who is living with the disease.
Certified Dementia Friends Champion and Managing Quantity Surveyor Leanne Owen, pledged to raise awareness in the construction industry as part of her winning submissions for both the Quantity Surveyor and Young Surveyor of the Year at the RICS Young Surveyor of the Year Awards in 2015.
"We are determined to raise as much money as we can for the Alzheimer’s Society, but just as importantly raise awareness of dementia," says Leanne. "It is thought that more than a third of people in the UK have a friend or family member with the disease so it affects millions of people across the country."
Leeds based Leanne is currently delivering a series of ‘Dementia Friends’ workshops both locally and elsewhere across the business with the aim of creating over 100 new ‘Dementia Friends’, and reports that more than 50% of this target has already been achieved in time for Dementia Awareness Week.
Faithful+Gould’s Leeds office has been raising funds ahead of Dementia Awareness Week with everybody making individual pledges, and will continue their efforts over the next few months with the 704SE7ENTY initiative.
"Although this is the first time we have taken part in such a large, co-ordinated fund raising initiative around dementia and its causes we have an excellent track record of reducing its impact in the built environment," says Leanne, who leads a team of trained specialists in dementia-friendly schemes, helping clients achieve environments which can enhance the lives of those living with the disease.
As a company, Faithful+Gould has also project managed a number of care schemes with universities and relevant organisations to carry out research to further understand and develop industry standards around care and extra care. Faithful+Gould’s Leeds office is aiming to raise £10,000 towards the company’s national £70,000 target for the Alzheimer’s Society.