EVENTS have been taking place around Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as part of Dementia Awareness Week.
Last Thursday, comic Bobby Ball open the Fylde Coast Dementia Hub at Clifton Hospital, Ward 1.
His emotional speech had him, and the crowd, in tears as he spoke about his mother who had Alzheimer’s.
He said: “At the time, we didn’t know what to do or who could help. Thankfully, it’s not like that now.
“It’s fantastic to be involved in this event to let people know there is help here.”
The Fylde Coast Dementia Hub is held at Clifton every quarter. The Hub is a unique, community based service with open access for the Fylde coast’s residents with dementia, their families, friends and carers as well as anyone who may be worried about their memory.
The Hub is an event that brings different services together in one place to provide help and advice for anyone affected by dementia in a relaxed environment.
It is also held at Trinity Hospice throughout the year.
Among the guests were Yvonne Ball, new Mayor of Fylde, Coun John Singleton JP, Deputy Mayor of Fylde, Coun
Raymond Thomas and Fairhaven Ward Councillor, Brenda Blackshaw.
There were many different services involved including Parkinson’s Nurses and Just Good Friends.
Clinical Matron at Clifton, Courtney Bickerdike, said: “We are overwhelmed with support from all the services.
“Huge thanks to Bobby, Yvonne and Brenda for their continued support.”
The next Dementia Hub at Clifton is being held at Trinity Hospice on June 16, 2.00-4.00pm.
For further information on the Fylde Coast Dementia Hub, visit: http://www.thefyldecoastdementiahub.org.