On Monday 27th February local people, carers, people living with dementia and members of staff from the Trust gathered in Wakefield to show their support for Dementia UK by making ‘time for a cuppa’.
Time for a Cuppa is an annual fundraising event organised by the national charity Dementia UK that aims to bring people together to raise funds and national awareness to support people affected by dementia.
The event in Wakefield was organised by Jean and Hilary from Uniting Carers, a national network of carers, former carers, family members and friends of people with dementia.
It was also supported by the Trust’s Admiral Nurse Michelle McGowan who was on hand to offer advice and information about how people can improve the quality of life of someone with the condition and their carers.
Michelle said, "Time for a Cuppa is a great opportunity to raise awareness of dementia and support for Dementia UK. During this event people had the opportunity to hear about the experiences of local carers and the benefits that can be gained by just having a cuppa and a chat when you are a full time carer. Everyone seemed to enjoy the homemade cakes and produce on offer too!"
Jean said, "Once again we had some wonderful support for this year’s Time for a cuppa event and raised £931.90 on the day. We also received a further £77.60 after the event and have been pledged £500 from Lloyds Banking Group, who promised to match any funding raised at the event, up to a max of £500. So in total we will have raised £1,509.50, which is fantastic!
"I presented a cheque for the funds we had raised at our event at the Time for a Cuppa event at the House of Commons on Tuesday 28th February, along with Brian, a local carer who shared his experiences of caring for a loved one with dementia."
For more information about dementia and support available from the charity visit www.dementiauk.org.