Sunderland dementia charity gets £1,000 boost

Back, Oddvar Lunde (Kvaerner) and Mick Tait (OGN). Front, Ernie Thompson (chairman), Sheelagh Dilworth (service manager) and Inge Haugland (Kvaerner).
Back, Oddvar Lunde (Kvaerner) and Mick Tait (OGN). Front, Ernie Thompson (chairman), Sheelagh Dilworth (service manager) and Inge Haugland (Kvaerner).
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Action on Dementia, a charity which helps Sunderland people and their families living with the condition, has received a donation of £1,000.

The charity was nominated by Wallsend-based OGN Group employee Dave Lash, from Seaham who, earlier this year, ran the London Marathon in support of the charity.

The donation comes from the group’s Safety Incentive Scheme which has raised more than £75,000 for local causes in four years.

The scheme, which raises money, most recently in partnership with its client Kvaerner, is based on safe working practices undertaken by staff.

Bill Laurie, General Manager at OGN Group, said: “We regularly receive a large amount of nominations from staff; and the scheme is very well respected and also provides a great way for us to maintain and promote our safety culture. Action on Dementia is a fantastic charity that provides amazing support to people with dementia and their families living in the City of Sunderland.”

Action on Dementia Sunderland is a voluntary organisation that was formed in 2010. It provides a range of services in the community including holding ‘memory cafes’,and a lunch club and friendship group.

Ernie Thompson, Chairman of Action on Dementia Sunderland, said: “I’d like to thank OGN for donating the money, which will be a big help. We have several memory cafes located around the city that offer social and peer support to people with dementia and their families.We would like to be able to provide transport to offer a better service to people visiting the cafes, and to encourage even more people to use them and benefit from the services we offer.”