Tea party to mark Dementia Awareness Week

IMG_2712-1M-278x215People with dementia, their carers, health professionals and supporters held an afternoon tea in Doncaster to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

The event, hosted at The Walled Garden at St Catherine’s House, Balby, which is run by Flourish Enterprises, was part of many events held across the borough to mark this special week, which ran from May 15 – 21.

Tea, coffee, scones and cakes were on offer to visitors, who could also visit the recently opened Dementia Garden – a multi-sensory garden designed and built specially for people with dementia and their carers, which was funded by a range of partners who support the Doncaster Dementia Strategic Partnership. The event was hosted by Flourish Enterprises, a social enterprise which provides work and vocational opportunities to people who need support to get back into education or employment.

Eileen Harrington, founder of the charity DonMentia and a Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) Governor, also attended the event, just days after being named a winner in the Doncaster Dementia Awards 2016, where she was rewarded for the best individual contribution to supporting people with the condition and promoting awareness of it.

Eileen said: “We had a lovely afternoon at The Walled Garden – with delightful company and pleasant weather.  In fact we’ve had an excellent week raising awareness of dementia. When I won the award, I was over the moon and very emotional.”

Wayne Goddard, the joint lead for dementia in Doncaster, who works for the CCG and Doncaster Council, said: “We’ve had a fantastic week marking dementia awareness in Doncaster and I want to congratulate Eileen on her award success. She is so dedicated to supporting people with dementia, she really, truly deserves this award.”

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