Dementia UK launch national ‘Time for a Cuppa’ initiative at a tea party in Wakefield


‘Time for a Cuppa’ is being launched at a special tea party in Wakefield on Monday 7th February and the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is inviting local people to a special tea party with the Yorkshire-based artist Ashley Jackson.

Time for a Cuppa is organised by the national charity Dementia UK and events are run annually to raise funds and national awareness to support people affected by dementia.

This year’s Time for a Cuppa event in Wakefield is bigger than ever and it is being used as the official launch for events nationwide. Members of staff from the Trust along with Jean Tottie and Hilary Hicks, local members of Uniting Carers, will be joined by special guest Ashley Jackson, who will open the event.

Ashley said, "Dementia, like a pebble in a pond, touches more than just the person living with the condition. Time for a Cuppa day aims to raise support for Admiral Nurses so that families can continue caring for their loved one’s in their own homes for as long as possible. To recognise them and support their work now is to provide future assistance for others …perhaps someone you will know".

Anyone is welcome to the team for tea and cakes, particularly those who have been affected by dementia. All money raised will go towards supporting Dementia UK and the Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to match the amount of any money raised (up to a maximum of £500).

The tea party will be held at St Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre, St George’s Walk, Wakefield, between 2 and 5pm. The event will include sale of tea and cakes and other homemade produce together with a tombola and raffle.

The Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services to the people of Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, is supporting this and other Time for a Cuppa events across the region.

Last year as a result of an exciting partnership between the Trust and Dementia UK three Admiral Nurses were appointed for the Kirklees area – the first to be appointed in Yorkshire. Dementia UK is committed to improving the quality of life for all people affected by dementia through the provision of Admiral Nurses and providing support though a network of carers, Uniting Carers .

The Trust’s acting chief executive Alex Farrell said, "Time for a Cuppa is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and funds for Dementia UK. Dementia impacts on the lives of so many of us so it is important we do all we can to help support people who are personally affected and their carers – helping people to live life to the full. We are delighted to be part of the national launch of Time for a Cuppa in Wakefield and are committed to working in partnership with organisations such as Dementia UK and Uniting Carers for dementia."

For further information on the Wakefield tea party contact Jean at or Hilary on

Dementia UK launch national ‘Time for a Cuppa’ initiative at a tea party in Wakefield

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