Chairman's Charities

Stephen Roots, chairman of BIFM, has chosen to support the Alzheimerís Society and housing and homeless charity Shelter as his nominated charities during his two-year tenure.

Alzheimerís 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 Alzheimerís Society is the UKís 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.

If you would like to make a donation to Stephenís chosen charities, you can do so via BIFM. Simply send a cheque payable to BIFM to the BIFM finance department at BIFM, Charringtons House, 1st Floor South, The Causeway, Bishopís Stortford, CM23 2ER.

Please state whether you would like your donation to be allocated to one charity, or split between them both.