BIFM chairman Stephen Roots announces chosen charities
11-01-17 16:24 BIFM
BIFM's new chairman, Stephen Roots, has announced that BIFM will be supporting the Alzheimer's Society and housing and homeless charity Shelter as his chosen charities during his two-year tenure.
Stephen, who was elected to the chairman role in January, said: “Over the years, the generosity of BIFM members has raised thousands upon thousands of pounds to support the vital work of good causes and I look forward to these two excellent charities benefitting over the next 24 months. Together, we can make a very real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”
The number of people with dementia is steadily increasing and it is estimated that there will be 1million people with dementia in the UK by 2025, whilst the financial cost of dementia to the UK is estimated at £26billion per annum. The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity, there for anyone affected by any form of dementia.
The charity provides information and practical and emotional support to help people live well with dementia, and invests in world class research with the ultimate goal of defeating this currently incurable disease.
The society also campaigns to improve public understanding of dementia and the devastating impact it can have, and make sure it is taken seriously and acted on by government.
In 2016, Shelter turned 50 and the housing crisis facing the UK is as challenging and as far from fixed as it was in 1966. Fewer houses are being built despite repeated promises from recent government. There are too many families in temporary accommodation, house prices continue to rise and conditions in parts of the private rented sector are as bad as have been seen in decades.
Shelter campaigns to support those in need and focus on the core belief that everyone should have a safe, secure and affordable home.
During her two-year tenure, a total of £14,453.85 and £17,598.82 respectively was raised for Stephen’s predecessor Julie Korten’s chosen charities Shooting Star Chase and Children with Cancer.
Members will be able to support the new charities through donations at group events. For anyone who wishes to make a donation directly, monies can be sent directly to the BIFM finance department. You can find out more here.