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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

West Bridgford resident organises event for dementia charities


“When life gives you lemons, make lemon cake to say thank you to the folk who help you cope. That’s the motto for West Bridgford resident Victoria Elder who is organising a wonderful Afternoon Tea and live music event with stalls and activities to raise money for three amazing dementia charities.

October 20th at Lutterell Hall, West Bridgford 14.00 – 16.30.

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It’s a rare person who doesn’t know someone affected by dementia these days. With an aging population, living an average of ten years more than the previous generation, dementia is something that affects an estimated 850,000 people currently, equal to the population of the whole of Nottinghamshire.

It is estimated to rise to 2 million by 2051. 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia right now, 225, 000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every 3 minutes and 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia.

This was brought home with a bump for Victoria. Her mum has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia for 3 years, at the age of 68, and Victoria’s Dad became her sole carer. When Dad was suddenly taken very ill, and sadly died, the full impact of dementia came home for Victoria. Having lived all her life in Nunthorpe in Middlesbrough, and after 54 wonderful years with her devoted husband, Victoria’s mum had to be found longer term care, and subsequently transferred to a wonderful care home in Ruddington (MyCare).

Determined to say thank you to three groups, all run by volunteers, that have helped the family make this difficult transition, Victoria is running a beautiful Afternoon Tea with a performance by the splendid West Bridgford Liberty Singers, Strangers to Riches and the Liberty Chorus. It is also a celebration for her Mum’s birthday, so why not have cake!

Singing songs through the decades, all accompanied by a splendid selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones with tea, all profits will be split between:

– Bloomin’ Dementia – a Nottingham based charity providing support and advice to families and activities and days out for sufferers of dementia

– Teesside Dementia Link Services – a wonderful volunteer run charity supporting people living with dementia and their families caring for their loved ones, they run a number of crafting groups and memory cafes across Teesside;

– Music Works – another volunteer led organisation which provides a range of music based activities including The Heron Music group for people with mental health issues, including, dementia every other Monday.

Tickets for the Afternoon Tea are £10 for adults, £5 for children aged 4-10, under 4’s free. Please contact dementiaafternoontea@hotmail.com for tickets or further information on how to donate or contribute to the day.

Make an afternoon of it – it’s all for a fabulous cause and you get to eat cake and hear fantastic songs, live!”


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