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Monday 22 September 2014

Argos staff go back to the '80s

Published 30/07/2013 | 05:24

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The staff of Argos in Carlow well and truly turned the clock back on Saturday in order to help people living with dementia. The staff dressed up, head to toe, in colourful 80s costumes in order to raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

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The Carlow staff joined in with colleagues from all over Ireland and the UK with the hope of managing to raise a total in excess of €100,000. The reminiscing wasn't just restricted to staff members either as customers were also invited to dig through their wardrobes and find some gems from the 80s with the best dressed customer being entered into a draw for €200 worth of store vouchers.

The 'Colour me 80s' theme was chosen to raise awareness of how using colour in the home can help people who suffer from dementia in their everyday lives. Contrasting colours can help to distinguish and differentiate between two objects such as a bright plate on a pale tablecloth.

The event coincided with the launch of the new Argos Autumn/Winter range and members of staff entertained customers throughout the day with fun and games. The money raised from the day will go towards helping thousands of people with dementia stay in their own home and be part of community life for longer and fund things like Dementia Cafes, Dementia Support workers and Social Clubs in Ireland.

For more information, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/noplacelikehome

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