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British Airways has entered a new three-year partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, a charity that works with people living with and affected by dementia.
The charity provides expert support services, ground-breaking research discoveries and leading campaigns to make dementia a priority – and is the only UK charity to cover all three areas.
In addition to raising funds that will support life-changing services and ground-breaking research for people with dementia, the new partnership will also see the airline working closely with Alzheimer’s Society on a number of initiatives. These include bespoke customer service dementia training for customer-facing colleagues and the uptake of Dementia Friends across the organisation, an initiative that will help British Airways colleagues learn how to better support customers, family and friends affected by the condition. As the partnership progresses, British Airways will also review and implement changes internally to work towards making the airline even more dementia-aware.
Alzheimer’s Society has become a beneficiary of the airline’s BA Better World Community Fund, which marks its commitment to investing in communities across its network, providing life-changing opportunities and generating more positive impact to help those who need it most. Since its launch in April 2022, the BA Better World Community Fund has raised more than £3.4 million and now supports more than 170 charities across the UK.
For someone living with dementia, travel can seem like an impossible challenge
British Airways customers Maggie and Rashmi Paun have always been keen travellers, and since retiring have enjoyed a seven-month round-the-world trip together. However, since Rashmi was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, their travel plans have had to change slightly to more familiar destinations. Maggie said: “I think it’s great that BA is partnering with Alzheimer’s Society through the BA Better World Community Fund. More and more people have dementia, and the fact is that people like us would still like to travel as much as we used to do.”
Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “I’m delighted to announce this partnership between British Airways and Alzheimer’s Society. This is a subject very close to my heart and many of us have experienced a loved one living with dementia and know the added anxiety that travel can bring. Through this partnership, we continue our commitment to make travel accessible for everyone while raising awareness and funds for the vital work this fantastic charity does.”
Kate Lee, Alzheimer’s Society CEO, said: “The urgency to meet the challenge posed by dementia is greater than ever and we are delighted to be working with British Airways to help improve the travel experience for people affected by the condition. We’re looking forward to being part of the journey.”
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