Community comes together for dementia fundraising

Issued on behalf of the Wickham Market Medical Centre

Niamh Speedman and Abi Woodley-Smith (Wickham Market Medical Centre) who both designed the display board

The Wickham Market Medical Centre will be hosting a sweet and tasty event on National Dementia Cupcake Day (June 14) to raise awareness of dementia and funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Staff and members of the centre’s Patient Participation Group will be baking a mouth-watering selection of cupcakes for sale on the day.

Local businesses have generously donated a selection of raffle prizes, including prosecco, toiletries, cupcakes, plants and gift vouchers worth between £10 and £50.
Representatives from a number of organisations will be on hand to offer support and advice to anyone affected by dementia, including Dementia Together Suffolk, Suffolk Family Carers, Suffolk Libraries Mental Health & Wellbeing Team and Wickham Market Good Neighbours Scheme.

 

The event will take place at:
Wickham Market Medical Centre, Chapel Lane, Wickham Market IP13 0SB
10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on Thursday, 14 June

Everyone is welcome to attend – you can pop in to purchase some cupcakes and buy a raffle ticket or stay longer and find out more about dementia and what support is available if you are living with the condition or are a family member or carer.

Jane Wallace, Practice Manager, Wickham Market Medical Centre, said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to help raise money to support the continued research into the condition, which affects so many people. Pop in on the day to purchase a freshly-baked cupcake, with all monies raised being donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.

“Support from the community has been amazing and we are thankful to the many local businesses who have generously donated prizes for the raffle.

“As well as being a fundraising opportunity we want to highlight that dementia is not a death sentence and that those living the condition can still enjoy a fulfilling life. And carers should know that there is help and support out there.”

Above is an image of Niamh Speedman and Abi Woodley-Smith who were initially employed on the health centre’s apprentice scheme and now work full-time in the administration team. They both designed this display board in the centre’s waiting room, plus an accompanying flyer.

It is estimated that there are 12,800 people in Suffolk living with the condition. This figure is projected to rise to 25,000 by 2035.

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