The Alzheimer’s Society is a charity that supports people with dementia, an illness that is carried by many people without even realising. Dementia is an illness caused when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or a serious of strokes. Dementia is a progressive illness which means the symptoms will gradually get worse causing memory loss, lack of communication and unable to understand.
Currently, there is no cure for dementia and it can happen to anyone. The Alzheimer’s Society believes passionately that life does not end when it begins. The society helps keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most, not only do they help people with dementia but also give advice to people who are caring or know someone with dementia.
So where does Jordan come into the Alzheimer’s Society? As you may know already Jordan’s Grandad Stan helped Jordan design and start up his business. Stan has played an important part in the business bringing many years of engineering experience to the product development and also being Jordan’s eyes and ears along the way.
Last year at 81 Stan suffered an amnesia attack causing him to forget important elements in his life, like not knowing who his wife Wendy was, this was a very scary moment for Stan and all of his family. However that one memory of GripIt has never been forgotten and has always been stuck in his mind. In the last year, Stan has suffered a further two attacks and has now been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. As a result of this illness, he has had to take a step back from the day to day side of GripIt, which has been very difficult for him to take on board considering being so involved from the start. Stan will always be a fundamental part of the GripIt family and Jordan will always ensure he is involved and updates to date with the goings-on of GripIt.
Jordan, the GripIt team and even Stan have recently taken part in the GripIt Baked Bean Challenge in order to raise money and awareness for the charity. All the GripIt staff got involved by having a bucket of baked beans, flour, eggs, feathers and glitter chucked over their heads, they would video this and then upload on to their social media pages, they also nominated 3 friends to take part, you would then text GRIP48 with the amount you would like to donate to 70070. So far they have raised £1,500 for the charity. The company are also hosting a Great Gatsby Charity ball in order to raise more money for the charity, the evening will hold an auction, a raffle and lots of entertainment.
Jordan has recently become an ambassador for the charity, which means the connection with the charity will never be lost and anything that can be done in order to raise money and awareness will be done with the help of the team at GripIt also. Jordan and some of the team have also attended the World Alzheimer’s Ball in Lancaster House, London on the 21st September.