Care home residents and staff show support for Alzheimer’s Society

Volunteers, staff and residents from The Mews care Home talking part in a sponsored walk around Herrington Country Park for Dementia week.

Volunteers, staff and residents from The Mews care Home talking part in a sponsored walk around Herrington Country Park for Dementia week.

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RESIDENTS from an East Herrington care home enjoyed a day in the bank holiday weekend sun as they raised money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Staff and residents from The Mews, in Southburn Terrace, organised a sponsored walk around Herrington Country Park to mark the end of Dementia Awareness Week.

Organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, the week seeks to raise awareness nationally of the impact of dementia.

This year the campaign focussed on talking, encouraging those who may be trying to ignore their symptoms to “face up to it”.

The group from The Mews hopes to raise about £500 towards the cause from their efforts on Saturday.

Activities manager Brenda Howe told the Echo that the residents enjoyed the day, a rare opportunity for everyone at the home to come together. “It was excellent – we all thoroughly enjoyed it,” she added.

“We are hoping we’ve raised about £500, but we still need to count it all yet.

“There were 11 of the residents out. One walked, and the rest all had to use their wheelchairs. It was something a bit different. We never really get them all out like that together, so they all thoroughly enjoyed it.

“Thankfully, the weather was lovely as well.

“We wanted to do it with it being Dementia Awareness Week because a few of our residents have Alzheimer’s.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 800,000 people in the UK with dementia, with the figure set to rise to one million by 2021.