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Woodward Markwell raise over £1,000 doing a sponsored skydive in aid of their charity of the year - Dementia UK.

September 2020

Braving Great Heights!

Our very own MD David McGowan and Marketing Assistant Tony McAlpine took part in a tandem skydive on Sunday 13th September, to raise money for our charity of the year, Dementia UK.

David and Tony, with the help of our staff here at Woodward Markwell raised over £1,000, which is fantastic.

Tony faced his fears head on, and said whilst he is very glad he did it he has no intentions of ever doing it again, David on the other hand loved every second and would happily jump again. He said of the experience "It was amazing, I knew it would be but it was so much better than I had ever expected. I am so pleased that I had the courage to do it, but even more delighted with the sponsorship received for our charity of the year".

 A massive well done to them and a big thank you to all the staff, family and friends that sponsored them. 

About Dementia UK

Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through our Admiral Nurse service. When things get challenging or difficult for people with dementia and their families, Admiral Nurses work alongside them. They give the compassionate one-to-one support, guidance and practical solutions people need, and that can be hard to find elsewhere. Admiral Nurses are continually trained, developed and supported by Dementia UK. Families that have their support have someone truly expert and caring by their side. They are a lifeline helping families to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

Dementia is a global concern but it is most often seen in wealthier countries, where people are likely to live into very old age. The Alzheimer’s Society (2014) reports there are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today. Of these, approximately, 42,000 are people with young onset dementia, which affects people under the age of 65. As a person’s age increases, so does the risk of them developing dementia. It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2021 will rise to over one million. Rates of diagnosis are improving but many people with dementia are thought to still be undiagnosed.