Tomorrow, Ruksha and her family will head to Skegness to pay their respects as it’s been a year since her grandfather sadly died. Her Grandfather was laid to rest there, so a small intimate family gathering in the sea-side town will take place in his memory.

Ruksha was a Carer for her grandfather, he suffered with dementia for a number of years. Last year, he sadly lost his fight. Ruksha was keen to do something to raise awareness about dementia and how it affected her, as a Carer.

She approached her employer at NatWest in Guildford to see if they would get on board with a fundraising challenge to support Carers in and around the Guildford area and they agreed to match fund all income raised by NatWest staff.

Natwest, Volunteer, Fundraiser

So, over the course of a month, Ruksha and her colleagues organised a raffle, cake & samosa sale and other fundraising challenges, managing  to raise an incredible £764.72. Combined with the additional matched funds from NatWest, today Ruksha and her colleague Sue, presented a cheque to Crossroads Care Surrey staff at Worplesdon Adult Community Club.

The Club exists to lend a helping hand to Carers by offering a community facility run by both professionally trained staff & volunteers who look after loved ones for 4-5 hours and provide lunch. What is extra special about the club is members are able to meet and socialise with others, participate in activities which are creative, stretching the mind and body. Find out more about our community adult clubs.

Ruksha Fatania of Natwest says: “ Myself and the staff at NatWest have been delighted to support our local charity Crossroads Care Surrey in the great work they do for unpaid carers in Guildford. As I know from personal experience that being a carer for a loved one is not only hard work but also emotionally upsetting so the support the club offers is fantastic and very rewarding for the carers. It has been satisfying and fun to raise the funds we have so far. It was a pleasure meeting with the team at Worplesdon Adult Community Club and seeing the club in action.”