BENTS Garden & Home based at Glazebury, Warrington has raised a staggering £30,000 for its Charity of the Year, Epilepsy Action.
Thanking all their customers for the their support, the figure once again breaks all fundraising totals since the Centre launched its Charity of the Year initiative in 2005.
Harvinder Chaggar, from Epilepsy Action was joined by 11 year old Elliot Bent to accept the donation, with Aimee Maguet from Alzheimer’s Society, the Centre’s 2017 charity of the year, also attending the event.
Matthew Bent, Managing Director at Bents Garden & Home said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers and colleagues who have helped us to raise such a fantastic amount. Epilepsy Action is a cause very close to my family’s heart as our son, Elliot was diagnosed in 2015 so we have had a direct personal experience of the vital work and support they provide. We hope this donation will go some way towards helping people live with the condition.
“We are now looking forward to working with Alzheimer’s Society and hope to be as similarly successful in our fundraising achievements.”
Over the years Bents has been successful in raising considerable amounts of money for many local causes and it hopes 2017 will be no exception with a full calendar of events already planned. Bents hopes the money raised during 2017 will be used to help people in the Warrington and surrounding areas who are affected by the condition.
Bents not only wants to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society but it also wants to work with the charity to become a dementia friendly destination. Over the course of the year, Bents will work with the team at Alzheimer’s Society to provide tips and training for its colleagues and guidance as to how they can help people with dementia whilst at the Centre.
Bents aims to raise awareness of dementia and re-think how the Centre can provide a warm, friendly and welcoming environment for those living with the condition.
It also aims to work with Alzheimer’s Society to research other opportunities that might help those living with the condition such as providing support and advice as to how customers can make their own gardens dementia friendly.