Scotmid Co-operative has raised over £132,000 just six months into its 2015/16 charity of the year partnership with Alzheimer Scotland and Alzheimer’s Society.

The Society celebrated with a vintage tea party, complete with bunting and cakes, at The East Calder Dementia Café in Edinburgh. Dementia cafes offer a vital form of support for many people living with the illness and their families.

Scotmid Co-operative staff, members and customers from across the Society’s estate have been taking part in a variety of fundraising activities including sponsored head shaves, extreme haircuts, fancy dress days, race nights, coffee mornings and store raffles.

All proceeds will go towards funding specialist Dementia Advisors as well as supporting a wide range of vital community initiatives such as the Dementia Cafes, singing groups, allotments and reminiscence projects up and down the country.

Catherine Vasu, who works in Scotmid Co-operative Mid Calder, also volunteers at the Alzheimer Scotland’s East Calder Dementia Café. 

“I heard that the dementia café was looking for volunteers so I put my name forward,” she said.

“We need to look after and respect our older generation, so I’m just doing what I can do help out. I enjoy it and can see the difference it makes to people’s lives. There are lots and chats and laughter and always a cup of tea on the go.”