Today Solent Mind launched their Emergency Forget Me Not Appeal. Mayfield Nurseries Dementia Gardening Group will close at the end of February unless they are able to raise £10,000. It offers hope to people with dementia and their carers, helping them cope with the realities of living with dementia, and their fears. Through the regular exercise, focus and community the group provides, dramatic improvements have been seen in people’s lives. It is one a handful of specialist groups for people in Southampton with dementia, and is run by volunteers and one expert paid staff member.
Here’s just one story of how the group has helped:
David was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, a form of Dementia when he was just 52. Debbie, his wife said: “His diagnosis was a big blow to us. The group has been a godsend to us and we haven’t looked back since. If he could go 5 days a week, he would.” With the support of volunteers, David does different things every week, from potting plants up, to making things for sale in the garden centre. Over Christmas he was helped with the support of volunteers to construct a bird table as a gift to his wife. Debbie says: “He always comes home with new stories of things they have done, people he has met, conversations he has had. It’s different company to him, he has laughs with everyone, and even customers have got to know him. These people do an amazing job. They are always there for a chat, advice and support. It can be hard work, but it is all done with the love they have for helping the sufferers and their families.”
Please support this appeal by sharing with friends, family and staff outside of Solent Mind, and on social media. If you’re interested in fundraising for this appeal please do get in touch.