Celebrations for Celesio

Celesio CEO Toby Anderson and Alzheimer's
Society CEO Jeremy Hughes CBE

Celesio UK, parent company of LloydsPharmacy and AAH, has celebrated the milestone of reaching 20,000 Dementia Friends across its business.

Announced at a special afternoon tea, attended by Celesio and Alzheimer’s Society CEOs, Toby Anderson and Jeremy Hughes CBE (pictured), the company recognised colleagues who have made a difference to people affected by dementia.

Toby Anderson, Celesio UK CEO, said: “I’m proud to say that so many of my colleagues are Dementia Friends – it’s an integral part of their training. It’s important for us, as a healthcare organisation, to have an understanding of such a debilitating disease that affects 850,000 people in the UK... Whether it’s dispensing medication, delivering it to patients, conducting a medicines use review or providing support to a carer, our teams believe in inspiring more positive lives – they wear the forget-me-not logo to show their commitment.”

Since the partnership with Alzheimer’s Society began in 2015, employees have raised £500,000 through events, challenges, cake sales and fancy dress activities. Current Celesio-funded research includes: work into language changes in those living with dementia which could make diagnosis easier; and a project investigating how to help people with dementia better manage diabetes.

Celesio CEO Toby Anderson and Alzheimer's Society CEO Jeremy Hughes CBE

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