Mayor joins school pupils to support Dementia Action Week

COPELAND Mayor Mike Starkie has joined forces with Age UK West Cumbria and Egremont school pupils to raise awareness of dementia.

Forget Me Not: St. Bridget’s pupils joined Mayor Starkie at the De Lucy Centre, Egremont to plant forget me not seeds for Dementia Week

Mr Starkie took part in a forget-me-not seed-planting event in the garden of the De Lucy Centre, Egremont, where he joined pupils from St Bridget’s School to help promote a more dementia-friendly community.

The event was organised by Age UK West Cumbria’s Community Connections Team as part of a range of activities and actions to support the Alzheimer’s Society’s national Dementia Action Week (May 21 to 27).

Mr Starkie said: “I was delighted to be asked by Age UK West Cumbria to attend this event to learn more about the great work they are doing to promote a dementia-friendly community.

“I enjoyed meeting the teachers and pupils of my former school, St Bridget’s, and I look forward to seeing the seeds we planted grow into a beautiful garden for all the users of the De Lucy Centre to enjoy.”

Christine Hunter-Hall, Copeland Community Connections Co-ordinator, said: “With one person every three minutes being diagnosed with dementia, it is really important that we build dementia-friendly communities.

“Recognition brings about understanding, and understanding brings about support to enable everyone to live well with dementia.”

Suzanne Smith, Headteacher at St Bridget’s, added: “The children thoroughly enjoyed planting forget-me-nots to raise awareness of dementia.  It is wonderful to see them involved in such a positive project that builds bridges between generations!”

Other local Dementia Week events have included ‘Walk Down Memory Lane’ in Millom, a dementia-friendly tour of Muncaster Castle, an afternoon tea in Distington, and a drop-in session at Cleator Moor Library.