Thursday, July 25, 2024

Local business community pulls together to help dementia charity deliver a week of awareness-raising events

This year’s Dementia Action Week (13-17 May) saw local charity, Dementia Support South Lincs, pull out all the stops to raise awareness of this devastating disease, with a packed week of events and educational sessions.

34.5 million people in the UK know someone living with dementia, and one in three people born today will go on to develop dementia in their lifetime, according to Age UK.

The national action week always calls for steps to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. This year specifically, it emphasised the need for a better social care support system so those affected by dementia can stay happy, healthy, and independent for as long as possible.

Throughout the week, Dementia Support South Lincs organised coffee mornings, Tai Chi lessons, art sessions, an educational talk on how to avoid being scammed, informative discussions about dementia, and the biggest event of the week – an art exhibition at Wake House in Bourne.

Local solicitor firm, Hegarty was one of the local businesses that supported Dementia Support South Lincs in its awareness-raising efforts this year. The solicitor firm selected the organisation as one of its charity partners for 2024 and has plans to undertake further fundraising and volunteering opportunities with the charity throughout the year.

Volunteers from Hegarty were on hand to assist members of the Dementia Support team with the art exhibition on Friday 17th May.

Kally Singh, senior partner at the firm, said, “We’re delighted to be supporting Dementia Support South Lincs and its fantastic work throughout this year. Dementia affects many people, and I was shocked to learn that there will be one million people living with dementia in the UK by 2025. It was a pleasure to help the charity during Dementia Action Week and we look forward to future volunteering opportunities as the year goes on.”

MP for Grantham, Bourne and Stamford, Gareth Davies, was also on hand to offer his support at Friday’s art exhibition at Wake House.

Danie Reeves, Dementia Support Worker said, “Dementia Action Week is such an important time of year for us. It helps raise awareness not only of this illness that affects so many, but also the services we can offer to help those dealing with it, and their families.”

Dementia Support South Lincs helps more than 250 families in Bourne, Stamford, and The Deepings affected by dementia.

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