Trust unites to support Dementia Action Week

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A series of events are being held across University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and in the community to support Dementia Action Week which starts today and runs until Sunday 27 May.

The theme of this year’s action week, which is supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, is ‘united against dementia’.

Proceeds will go to Bay Hospitals Charity dementia campaign which launched on Monday 21 May.

Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning. This may include problems with memory loss, thinking speed, mental sharpness and quickness and language. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025.

Events to mark the action week include:

• A tombola: Monday 21 May, 10am-2pm, Tesco Extra, Hindpool Road, Barrow.

• A dementia Road Show and Afternoon Tea with singer Becki Fishwick, Monday 21 May, 2pm-4pm, at Barrow Library. Proceeds will go to Dementia UK.

• A Cup Cake Day: Thursday 24 May, 11am-3pm, Main Entrance, Furness General Hospital supported by Lonsdale Radio

• The official opening of a reminiscence shop and sitting area plus kind donation of mock bus stops by stagecoach bus company : Friday 25 May 2pm – 4pm, medical unit 2 at RLI

• Vintage afternoon tea: Tuesday 29 May, 2pm-3pm, Children’s Ward, RLI.

Dianne Smith, Dementia Matron, UHMBT, said: “We are pleased to have an action packed week for dementia involving community and voluntary sector services to support the roadshows. Lonsdale Radio will also be in attendance playing great music as usual, and it promises to be great fun.”

Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive, UHMBT, said: “The Trust is pleased to support Dementia Action Week. There are lots of exciting activities panned at our sites and across the bay which I would encourage people to take part in to raise money for such an important cause.”

The charity’s latest campaign will focus on improving the lives of people across the bay with dementia. To kick off the campaign the charity is encouraging staff to host vintage afternoon tea parties with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues Bay Hospitals Charity is a registered charity set up to hold and manage charitable money given to UHMBT’s hospitals. Voluntary donations can really help provide a little bit extra such as additional medical equipment, medical research, specialist training and improvements to patient facilities. It is the generosity of the local communities that enables the charity enhance and support the Trust's services, so if you would like to support the charity and make a donation, please visit http://www.bayhospitalscharity.org/ or email [email protected].

You can register your Vintage Afternoon Tea event at www.bayhospitalscharity.org and the charity will send a fundraising pack.
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