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Council team of Elves raise donations for Dementia Centre

19 June 2023

A dedicated council team who took part in festive fund-raising activities to help people suffering from Dementia have made a special donation to a Peterborough support service.

A selection of gifts including books, games, puzzles and cuddly toys were handed to staff at the Peterborough Dementia Resource Centre on June 15 by Dawn Williams and Sarah Holoran from the council’s Reablement team.

Staff from the service, which provides intensive support for people in their own homes, raised funds for the gifts as part of Elf Day back in December. The national initiative encourages people to dress up as elves and take part in various activities to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

Peterborough City Council Reablement Team - dressed as elves for Elf Day, December 2022
Peterborough City Council Reablement Team - dressed as elves for Elf Day, December 2022

Their donation aims to bring joy and comfort to people supported by the Peterborough Dementia Resource Centre which is based in Millfield. Recognising the challenges faced by those living with dementia and their families, the team carefully selected gifts that will enhance the well-being and quality of life for those receiving them.

The Reablement team also wanted to highlight the council's commitment to supporting individuals affected by dementia, as well as recognising the invaluable work carried out by the Centre, in particular its dedication to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for those living with dementia.

Stephen Taylor, Executive Director of Adult Social Services, said: "We are incredibly proud of the reablement team to have raised funds for the Peterborough Dementia Resource Centre through Elf Day. It is vital that we continue to support those living with dementia and their families, and this donation is a small step towards enhancing their well-being and happiness. We are grateful for the tireless efforts of the Peterborough Dementia Resource Centre, and we hope that these gifts bring joy to those who receive them."

Siobhan Merrygold, The Dementia Centre manager, said: “Thank you just doesn’t seem enough ,to say how appreciative we all are to the Reablement team for this very generous donation –This selection of resources will certainly benefit families affected by dementia, as well as bringing some fun and joy into their lives.

“We are delighted that both teams work together across the city to create a better awareness , guidance and support for people affected by memory and dementia.

“Our aim is to enable people to keep control of their lives and to live as well as they can with their diagnosis.”

If you are concerned about problems with your memory or the memory of someone you know, whether it's before or while you are waiting for a diagnosis, the Peterborough Dementia Resource Centre urges you to visit them without delay. This service is open to anyone who is worried and can provide assistance and support throughout the entire process.

For more information about local Dementia services, including the Dementia Resource Centre visit here.

Members of the Peterborough City Council and Peterborough Dementia Resource Centre with some of the donations. Left to Right: Sarah, Lindsey, Jane , Debbie, Ann and Dawn
Members of the Peterborough City Council and Peterborough Dementia Resource Centre with some of the donations. Left to Right: Sarah, Lindsey, Jane , Debbie, Ann and Dawn