Letters, Friday, May 16, 2014

First World War memorial wall at the Black Bush in Washington.
First World War memorial wall at the Black Bush in Washington.
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Society opens up about dementia

I WOULD like to urge people to get involved with this year’s Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Awareness Week, which starts on Sunday.

 Dementia Awareness Week is the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual flagship awareness-raising campaign and it will see events taking place across the North East as we strive to make sure that people with dementia can live well within our communities.

 This year’s theme – Don’t bottle it up – encourages those with questions or concerns about dementia to open up and come to Alzheimer’s Society staff for information and support, as all too often people are too frightened or anxious to seek vital help.

 We know that anyone who may have dementia or have a loved one who has dementia that it is possible to feel confused, scared or even ashamed.

 We all bury our heads in the sand from time to time, but it is important to talk to someone.

 Alzheimer’s Society staff and the charity’s volunteers will be out and about all week and that will give readers a chance to find out more about dementia and the services and support we can offer to combat social isolation.

 Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge facing our community and it is vital that we come together to give social care and health professionals the help that they need to tackle the disease, which affects tens of thousands of families across the North East.

 There will an array of activities across Wearside that will allow you to take the first step on the road to getting vital assistance from Alzheimer’s Society staff and our trusty volunteers.

 So please, look out for Alzheimer’s Society staff next week or feel free to ring our team at the Alzheimer’s Society Sunderland office on 5640 890 for more information.

Rob Stewart,

Communications and Media Officer,

Alzheimer’s Society

Honouring heroes

AFTER reading your pull out regarding the 100th anniversary of the First World War, we thought we would share the memorial wall that we have created in the bar of the Black Bush in Washington.

 With great help from the Washington War Memorial group, we have obtained information about two lads, William Mason and Edward Thompson, whose place of residence before going to war was the Black Bush Inn.

 One was the son of the landlord at the time, and the other being his nephew.

 These lads never returned along with many others from the Washington and surrounding areas.

 These very brave young men should always be remembered – Lest We Forget.

David Leask,

The Black Bush,