Door distributor JB Kind is throwing its weight behind a charity providing support for families affected by dementia.

Its aim is to help bring a specialist nursing service to their home county of Derbyshire for the first time.

The 55-employee company from Swadlincote, Derbyshire has a strong track record in charity fundraising, and will now be putting their efforts into raising more vital funds for Dementia UK for the next two years.

Having raised close to £8,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support during its previous two-year charity campaign, with a series of initiatives ranging from a highly successful charity golf day to a ten mile trek in which employees carried the firm’s own doors, all the staff at JB Kind are keen to think up some more great fundraising ideas.

The campaign is being driven by JB Kind’s support for one of Dementia UK’s “Admiral Nurses” and the belief that Derbyshire should no longer miss out on this exceptional service. Across the UK, Admiral Nurses from Dementia UK provide specialist one-to-one support, guidance and practical solutions for families with a member who has dementia and support and advice for healthcare professionals who work alongside dementia patients – however, Derbyshire doesn’t have an Admiral Nurse and JB Kind Managing Director, James Cadman, feels that families in the county are at a disadvantage because of this.

He said: “With more than a million people predicted to be diagnosed with dementia by 2021, it’s an illness which is high on the agenda for our local community as well as health professionals.

“If you need specialist support in Derbyshire, the nearest Admiral Nurse is available to staff and students at De Montfort University in Leicester or there is a nurse in the City of Stoke-on-Trent, neither of which is practical for Derbyshire patients and their families.

“Having heard moving testimonials from families who have benefited from the support of an Admiral Nurse to help them cope with the challenges a dementia diagnosis can bring, we would love it if our support for the charity might inspire others to get behind us too, so that this invaluable service might be provided locally.

“Dementia affects so many of us, and it can be a cruel disease when a patient starts not to recognise loved ones. We would like to encourage individuals and businesses to consider supporting Dementia UK in whatever way they can.

“At JB Kind we really feel it’s our duty to give back to our community and we have a strong track record of doing so. We are proud to be supporting this extremely worthwhile charity for the next two years.”

Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO of Dementia UK, added: “We’re thrilled to hear that JB Kind Doors will be supporting us throughout 2019-20.

“Thanks to this support, our dementia specialist Admiral Nurses will be able to provide their compassionate, expert support to even more families – giving them the tools and practical advice to face the toughest challenges dementia brings.”