Holly is asking people to donate any left-over foreign currency and holiday coins to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia and more than 67,000 of those people live in Yorkshire and the Humber. The coins collected will be exchanged by the Alzheimer’s society to help them fund research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia.
Holly said; “If you have been overseas on holiday recently, or if like most of us you have some old coins collecting dust in a drawer, please drop them into my office or the Town Hall reception.
“At the end of February we will donate all the coins to the Alzheimer’s Society to help fund their essential and life-changing research.”
Holly has worked with the Alzheimer’s Society to promote awareness of the condition running a ‘Dementia Friends’ session at Halifax Library, and at Labour party conference where she trained 60 people to become 'Dementia Friends'.
“Like many people, it was when family members were affected by neurological disorders that I became much more aware of the need for more research in this area.
“We need more action to treat Alzheimer's, establish best practice for those living with Alzheimer’s, and provide support for their carers”
Coins can be donated at the Halifax Town Hall reception or at Holly’s office which is located at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre on Hopwood Lane. Coins can be dropped off between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and all foreign coins of any value, even those currencies which are obsolete, would be very much appreciated.
If you are unable to visit the office, you can call the Alzheimer’s society on 0330 333 0804 or visit alzheimers.org.uk for more information about donating your coins to them directly.