JT has handed over £10,000 to Jersey Alzheimer’s Association after a year of fundraising by employees, which was matched by the company.
At the beginning of 2017, Jersey Alzheimer’s Association was chosen by employees as JT’s Charity of the Year. Over the course of the year, employees raised money in a variety of ways, from wrapping Christmas presents for customers in JT’s Queen Street store to auctioning off a giant cardboard cut-out of a Pug dog.
In June, staff held a Charity Day, where fundraising activities ranged from teams wearing mis-matched shoes through to various cake and food sales. Thirty-five employees also signed up to become ‘JT Daredevils’. Ten were selected at random and, in September, the intrepid Skydive volunteers plunged at 130 mph for 30 seconds from 10,000 feet above St Aubin’s Bay before parachuting down to land close to the Gunsite slipway.
Christophe Château, JT Group Head of Culture and Staff Engagement, said: “We’ve had great fun supporting Jersey Alzheimer’s Association this year and my thanks go to the charity for their enthusiasm and willingness to get involved – it has been a partnership from day one. Jersey Alzheimer’s also held 2 educational workshops in JT, helping us understand Alzheimer’s and the activities and services provided by the charity. Although the money will help to fund an important service, I hope we’ve also helped to raise awareness of the charity, its work and the disease, which is expected to affect more and more Islanders as our community gets older.”
Mark Blamey, Manager of Jersey Alzheimer’s Association, said: “Jersey Alzheimer’s Association is extremely grateful for the wonderful staff at JT who kindly chose to support our charity throughout 2017. Due to JT’s amazing efforts, the £10,000 will cover the cost of running our Drop-in Centre at de Carteret House in Hillgrove Street for six months.
“The Drop-in Centre is open from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm, and at other times if people let us know beforehand. Anyone is welcome to visit to get information about the help that is available for people with dementia and care providers, both from Jersey Alzheimer’s Association and related organisations.”