Sale and Altrincham residents and businesses really showed their community spirit recently when they got involved in a week of fundraising and awareness in aid of dementia, raising over an amazing £6000.
The events, which took place across South Trafford included various awareness raising activities held at Serendipitea & Avanti Cafes, Lloyds Bank in Sale, Barclays Bank in Sale, Sale Dental Centre and St Paul's Church Community Choir, as well as coffee mornings with residents at Michael Court, Brindley Lodge & Lord Kitchener Court and a free City & Guilds Dementia Family Carers Training day hosted by Home Instead.
In addition to the events, Rebecca Boardman and Stephanie Higgins from Barclays Bank in Hale ran the Manchester 10k and held cake sales in the branch, raising a fantastic £3668. Fireman John Burgess also ran up a terrific total of £2500 through taking part in the Oulton Park half marathon, the Manchester Marathon and the BUPA Manchester 10k and it was particularly poignant for John who was running in memory of his mother who had Alzheimer's for 12 years.
One of the of key co-ordinators behind the community events, Alan Savage, from Home Instead Senior Care said, “As a company who cares for older people in their own homes we’re very much aware of the impact dementia can have on an older person’s life. However, after speaking to people from across the community throughout the week, it became clear just how many people have been touched by dementia in some way or another. It was a delight to see the community’s effort in pulling together in support of Alzheimer’s and raising such a significant amount of money, which will go directly to help support older people in our area.”
Ultimately, the Alzheimer's Society and Home Instead are aiming to promote that it is possible to live well with dementia. Through a combination of support from family, friends or professionals, advice on local activities and available services, as well as ensuring there is a high level of awareness and training in dementia across the community, older people with dementia will be able to continue to play an important role in the community.
For further information on the Alzheimer’s free family workshops or Home Instead’s services please call: 0161 870 1136