“My dad spent ten weeks in hospital in 2017, where I met an Admiral Nurse, Pam, who made sure those caring for him were aware of his dementia and his needs. This meant he wasn’t moved around to different wards and the staff got to know him. She gave me practical and emotional support too. Pam is a fantastic Admiral Nurse and made a lasting impression on me.
“I set up a Remembrance page in memory of my Dad, Alan, when he died in March 2018 to raise donations for Dementia UK in his memory.
“Dad was very independent and capable, learning to use the internet in later life. He designed, made and printed all his own Christmas and birthday cards on his computer.
“He was also a skilled videographer. It was so sad when vascular dementia took away his speech and his ability to operate his computer. That said, I consider myself lucky that dad retained the essence of himself right up to the last few weeks of his life, communicating pleasure at seeing me through facial gestures and occasional words.
“Having a close relative with dementia is a unique and difficult experience and one that I was certainly unprepared for. Support for those with dementia and their families is very important – so do keep up the good work at Dementia UK!”
A Remembrance Fund is an online memorial to your loved one. It provides a space for family and friends to post thoughts, photos and share their memories, or to light a virtual candle on a special anniversary. You can set the privacy levels so your pages are only visible to you, or you can invite others to share their memories too.
Visitors can make donations in memory of your loved one to Dementia UK directly on the page, and the proceeds of any cheque collections can be added to your total as offline donations.
Reading the messages can be a source of great comfort and it can be inspiring to know that all of the money raised in your loved one’s name will help families affected by dementia.
Whether you want to make a single gift, set up a regular direct debit to mark a special anniversary, or take part in a running, challenge or baking event we will be here to support you every step of the way.
The donations you raise will help us to reach families facing dementia, allowing them to live more positively in the present and to face the challenges of tomorrow with less fear.