DEMENTIA sufferers enjoyed a picnic as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the condition.
Beamish Museum hosted the two-day event to mark Dementia Awareness Week, which highlights the problems faced by people living with the illness.
Families and friends affected by the condition were invited to the County Durham museum to enjoy a range of entertainment, games and competitions, as well as food and drink.
Cathy Clifford, a support worker with the Alzheimer’s Society, which helped oversee the visit, said: “It was a big success. We had over 35 people there from all over the North East.
“We had four picnics over the two days and everyone had a really nice time.”
It was the second year running that the popular picnics had been held at the tourist attraction, with its Community Engagement Team “working extensively” with older people in the area.
As well as community events, it hosts “reminiscence sessions” and provides support and resources for organisations and care staff.
“It was nice to see everyone singing along with the school choirs,” said Cathy. “We want to thank the museum for a great time.”