Healthy Living Club gets £1,000 from Home Instead Wandsworth
The owner of Home Instead Senior Care, Tony O’Flaherty takes a great interest in Dementia, and as an Alzheimer’s’ Dementia Champion, has trained over 2,000 dementia friends.
Tony is always looking for ways to help to improve the lives of those living with Dementia and as well as having set up the Gracefields Health Centre, Sunflower Café and sponsoring the Woodlawns Centre’s, Darby and Joan Dementia Group, decided to raise money for the Health Living Centre. He trained for 3 months to get into shape to complete the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge, an event requiring climbers to ascend the 3 highest Peaks in Britain, Ben Nevis, Sca Fell & Snowdon, within 24 hours.
Tony said, “It was much tougher than expected and we got behind schedule so I had to run down Snowdon to make up the lost time, and only just managed to complete the event with 28 minutes to spare.”
The Healthy Living Club, based in Stockwell, is a community group promoting the well being of its members living with dementia who come from Wandsworth, Lambeth and Southwark to their carers and friends. All members contribute to the functioning of the Club to the extent that they are able. The group meets weekly to engage in activities chosen to alleviate the symptoms of dementia and/or to help arrest or reverse cognitive decline.
The meetings are like parties: there always is music, good food and much laughter. Activities are chosen to meet the specific needs of people with dementia, but everybody else, carers, volunteers and visitors takes part in them and enjoy them as well.