A Rochdale social landlord marked World Alzheimer’s Day by launching a charitable partnership to support those living with the condition.
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) has teamed up with Alzheimer’s Research UK, after tenants and employee members of the co-owned mutual organisation voted it as their new charity partner.
“Every two years, RBH members choose a new charity to support,” a spokesperson said. “Over the summer, we asked members to nominate their favourite charities; tenants and employees on the RBH community funding panel whittled down these nominations to a shortlist of four fantastic charities, all of whom make a real difference across Rochdale borough: Alzheimer’s Research UK, HOPE, Hornets Sporting Foundation, and Rochdale Samaritans.”
The shortlist was then put to a vote at the organisation’s annual general meeting earlier this month to choose the next charity partner.
“As a mutual housing society, our members had the opportunity to nominate and then vote on their preferred charity to support for the next two years,” said Sue Kershaw, membership manager. “With so many fantastic charities shortlisted, it was a really difficult decision for our members. We’re delighted to be able to start our new adventure with Alzheimer’s Research UK, and we’re looking forward to raising lots of money for such a fantastic cause, and hopefully having some fun along the way.”
Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading research charity aiming to make breakthroughs in dementia research possible. The charity’s pioneering work focuses on prevention, treatment and cure, and they aim to empower people across all generations through greater understanding of dementia.
Previous RBH members charities include Rochdale & District Mind, and Springhill Hospice. RBH raised over £13,000 for Rochdale & District Mind between 2016 and 2018.
RBH and Alzheimer’s Research UK chose to launch their new partnership on World Alzheimer’s Day, which took place on Friday, 21 September.
“We’re delighted that RBH has chosen to support Alzheimer’s Research UK and we can’t wait to get our partnership started,” said Jess Sayer, Alzheimer’s Research UK’s regional fund-raising manager. “Our cause is clearly one that resonated with members, which is no surprise as one in three of us know someone living with dementia today. But with the support of RBH, we will be able to make breakthroughs possible and bring about the life-changing treatments we desperately need for this condition.”