Staff at civil service select their Charity of the Year

Staff at a civil service are planning a series of schemes to support their ‘charity of the year’.

Officials at Age UK North Tyneside have thanked staff at Newcastle Pensions HASSRA, based at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in Benton, for choosing them.

With DWP support we will be able to help more people get the assistance they need to cope with this debilitating condition

Alma Caldwell, chief executive at Age UK North Tyneside

Nearly 1,500 staff will dedicate their fundraising efforts to support the charity’s dementia care services in North Tyneside.

Alma Caldwell, chief executive at Age UK North Tyneside, said: “We, like any charity, work very hard to be recognised for the important work we do so we are delighted to have our dementia work supported by the DWP and their staff, over the next year.

“As we live longer, dementia is becoming an increasing issue for many people. With DWP support we will be able to help more people get the assistance they need to cope with this debilitating condition.”

Age UK North Tyneside has recently launched two new services.

Memory Cafés provide safe and friendly environments to support people with dementia while Dementia Connect is a free six week course providing activities for those with dementia.

Stephen Moore, chairman of Newcastle Pensions HASSRA, said: “Over several years our staff have enthusiastically and generously supported a large number of diverse charities with varying amounts of charitable donations.

“We wanted to try something different for this coming year and felt that by directing our support towards one specific local cause, this would give that particular charity a real life changing sum of money for a real worthwhile cause.”

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