Nurse Cadets fundraiser for Dementia UK and Alzheimer’s Society

Lakes College Nurse Cadets have raised a total of £178.24 for the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK by hosting a cake sale and coffee morning.

The nine students, studying on the Nurse Cadets programme at the College, decided to raise money for the charities after caring for patients with dementia, as well as having personal experiences of family members with the disease. They arranged the coffee morning to take place during Dementia UK’s Time for a Cuppa campaign, which takes place between the 1st – 8th March every year.

The raised £178.24 in total, which will be split between the two charities, with £120.04 going to Dementia UK and £58.20 going to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Nikki Banister, a Year 2 Nurse Cadet who got in touch with the charities to organise the event, says, “The coffee morning went really well and it was good to raise money for dementia, which is a disease which is not always remembered. Quite a few of our Nurse Cadets have personal experience of family members living with dementia, and we have also cared for patients on the wards at NHS Acute Trust and NHS Partnership, so it was cause that we felt strongly about.”

Emma Briscoe, 20, from Workington, comments, ‘The coffee morning was successful and we sold a lot of our homemade cakes. It was for a very good cause.

Sonia Hyde, Lakes College Nurse Cadets tutor, who helped to organise the event, says, ‘It was a brilliant idea of Nikki’s to raise money for Dementia Awareness and all the 2nd Year Nurse Cadets made some lovely homemade cakes for the coffee morning and brought in prizes for a raffle. I am really proud of all the effort and time they have put into making the coffee morning a big success, while raising money for such a worthy cause that affects a lot of people.’

Sue Swire, Alzheimer’s Society Community Fundraiser, said: “We are thrilled that students at Lakes College have chosen to support us. We rely heavily on such fundraising efforts, often initiated by people who have a close personal connection to dementia.

“Money raised in this way helps Alzheimer’s Society to continue supporting people with this devastating and incurable disease. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with an estimated 7,940 of them in Cumbria. The national figure is set to rise to one million by 2021.”