Wellington-based dementia awareness charity Reminiscence Learning raised £274.33 on Saturday from its street collection for a new Memory Cafe which is set to open in July. The event was supported by current Wellington Mayor Gary James and former Taunton Deane and Wellington Mayor Vivienne Stock Williams.
And the team are out and about in Wellington this week dressed in red and yellow – the last two colours to go in the ageing eye – to promote the national Dementia Awareness Week initiated by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Other events happening throughout the week include delivering a dementia awareness training session to the Wellington Brownies on Wednesday and a singing with friends session on Thursday.
The charity’s activities will culminate in the building of a giant dementia awareness jigsaw puzzle at the Orchard Centre in Taunton from noon on Friday 19th May. Each of the 100 pieces in the jigsaw will have been ‘bought’ with money raised by individual businesses from red and yellow-themed activities.
Emma Green, Manager of Reminiscence Learning, said: “National Dementia Awareness week is a great opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of dementia, something that will affect one in three of us in some way. The team from Reminiscence Learning will be in the Orchard Centre with the jigsaw all weekend to answer any questions and provide information.
“We are always coming up with new and innovative ways to spread the dementia awareness message and to raise funds to ensure the continuation of our community projects for people with dementia and their carers.”