Local events being held for Dementia Awareness Week

A FABULOUS fashion sale and a coffee morning are just some of the events being organised locally to raise funds and awareness of a debilitating condition.

With Dementia Awareness Week running from June 6 to 12, charity Alzheimer Scotland has teamed up with a group of local women to raise as much as possible towards the purchase of a minibus for the South Aberdeenshire branch of the organisation.

Carol Shea, along with Hilary Hayes, Jane Cook, Anne Stenhouse and Veronica Whittaker, have formed fundraising group Thanks for the Memory and are set to hold a fashion sale (not show, as reported in last week’s Leader) at Kippie Lodge, Milltimber on June 11.

The women, who come from Stonehaven, Fettercairn, Auchenblae and Westhill, are inviting lovers of fashion from across Aberdeen city and shire to come along to the event and browse a wide range of current and vintage clothing which has been seldom or never worn between 10am and 3pm.

Entry is £2 per person, including a cup of tea or coffee, and all the money raised will go towards the £7000 total needed for the minibus.

The TFTM team have done all the hard work in acquiring, sorting and displaying a wide range of quality ladies clothing, bags, shoes, hats, scarfs and jewellery, all of which will be on offer from as little as £5.

In addition, the local service of Alzheimer Scotland is holding a coffee morning and information day at Stonehaven’s Invercarron Resource Centre on Tuesday, June 7 from 10am to 11.30am.

Everyone is welcome, and there will be a plant stall, home bakes and bric a brac for sale. Local Service Manager, Sarah Duff said: “People with dementia and those who care for them can often become isolated and feel as though the weight of the world is on their shoulders. “The local South Aberdeenshire Service provides one-to-one support at home for people with dementia and also carer support groups, social groups, exercise classes, relaxation classes and walking groups. The service also has day care in Aboyne and Stonehaven.

“The mini bus will be used within the service to assist with the various groups and outings we organise, for example the walking groups.

“We have various other groups - two day cares, a social group, carers groups, and a dementia cafe and having our own bus will mean we can have spontaneous outings and trips.”

Sarah added: “We really feel offering our service users the chance to get out and about to try new activities and visit places of interest is a real tonic and we can’t wait to have our own bus!”

There are 63,500 people with dementia in Scotland and that figure is set to rise to over 110,000 by 2031.

For further information you can contact us at Alzheimer Scotland, South Aberdeenshire Services, Arduthie Lodge, Kirkton Road, Stonehaven, by phone on 01569 792068 or e-mail sduff@alzscot.org.

Alternatively, you can call Alzheimer Scotland’s 24-hour, freephone Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 300.