Glasgow dental group raise thousands for dementia charity

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GLASGOW based Clyde Munro dental group has helped to raise more £2000 for Alzheimer Scotland at its third annual clinical conference.

The fast growing dental group saw a number of its dental labs donate prizes for a silent auction dedicated to raise money for the charity.

The amount donated by the attendees at the conference was matched by Clyde Munro at the end of the evening bringing the total to £2036.

Earlier this month, Clyde Munro partnered with Alzheimer Scotland to become the first dental group in Scotland to commit to having all of its 160 dentists and more than 320 employees become recognised Dementia Friends, an initiative run by the charity.

With more than 90,000 people in Scotland living with dementia, Alzheimer Scotland started the Dementia Friends movement with the aim of educating the same amount of people in understanding the condition and the real challenges people living with dementia face.

The 36-practice strong dental group will also be the first to roll out the initiative to all of its 280,000 patients across Scotland, offering them the opportunity to become Dementia Friends through their registered practice.

(L to R) Cheryl Reynolds, Fiona Wood, Selina Alexander, Alexandra MacNicol, Jim Hall, Gail Doran_

Jim Hall, Founder and Chief Executive of the Clyde Munro group, said: “This is a cause that really resonates and this was especially evident with the manner in which our generous colleagues and friends donated.

“Our Clinical Conference doubled in size this year so we immediately saw the opportunity to raise a considerable amount for Alzheimer’s Scotland.

“We hope that delivering a donation of this size will make a difference to the great work Alzheimer Scotland is doing and have a big positive impact on those living with the condition – as well as friends, families and carers.”

“Dementia is a condition that affects so many people across Scotland. By working with Alzheimer Scotland, we hope to gain a much wider understanding of their work and learn what else we can do to support them.

“We strongly encourage other dental practices and indeed, any business to join the initiative and come on board as Dementia Friends.”

Gail Doran, Lead Locality Fundraiser from Alzheimer Scotland, said: “On behalf of Alzheimer Scotland, I wish to thank everyone at Clyde Munro for all their fundraising and support. With over 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland, and a rising number of people receiving a diagnosis, it is the biggest public health priority of our time.

“All funds raised will help ensure that Alzheimer Scotland can continue to provide a diverse range of dementia-specific activities, support and care for people across Scotland, aiding to our mission that nobody should face dementia alone. If you have any questions about dementia call Alzheimer Scotland’s Freephone 24-hour Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000.”