1) Providing a lifeline

“People often tell me that I’m their lifeline.”

Jayne is one of our Admiral Nurses. She offers support, expert advice and practical solutions to people living with dementia in Kent.

“When I first meet carers after a referral, it’s not unusual for them to cry, just from the relief of knowing they’ve finally found help and someone who ‘gets it’.

Family members who become carers for their loved one can come under immense pressure. It can be tricky to find information, advice or support and many carers are unprepared for how dementia affects the person they love.

My first objective is to identify the exact difficulties being faced, as these differ greatly for people. My support for a family could be giving practical tips on how to care for their relative, emotional support or identifying other services that could help.

There are so many people in my area that need help but I am the only specialist dementia nurse available. I’d love to have another nurse working alongside me, but there are some parts of the country where families don’t have access to a nurse like me at all.

AJ Pritchard

Strictly’s AJ Pritchard appeared on ITV’s morning magazine show ‘Lorraine’ with his mum Debi to promote our Time for a Cuppa campaign. The dancer’s grandma was diagnosed with dementia in 2006 and his grandad has been caring for her ever since. During the interview Dementia Helpline and the invaluable support it provides to thousands of families nationwide.

A huge thank you to all our corporate partners who took part in Time for a Cuppa this year. We’ve loved hearing about your tea parties and every penny raised will help families facing dementia.

 

3) #DoItForDementiaNurses

Les Cox ran the London Marathon for law firm Fieldfisher, raising an incredible £3,000 for Dementia UK. Colleagues at Fieldfisher helped Les to reach this fantastic amount by organising cake sales and collections in the office. Well done Les!

Lester Cox running for Dementia UK

4) Seasonal inspiration for the summer

However you choose to fundraise with your colleagues, customers or clients this summer, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Every penny you raise will help us be there for families facing dementia.

Carwash
Buckets out and wellies on! Turn your office carpark into a carwash, asking colleagues to let you loose on their mucky motor.

Head shave
It’s getting hot out there so get the clippers out and ask for sponsorship to shed those lovely locks (or beard). Tell colleagues you’ll post pictures or a video online when you reach your fundraising target.

Organise a summer office party
Summer sporting events (like Wimbledon) are a great excuse to set up a big screen in the boardroom. Lay on a buffet, a raffle or a sweepstake and sell tickets in advance.

Please keep sharing all the fantastic things you are doing to raise much needed awareness and vital funds – we love hearing about them.