Fundraising efforts benefit Alzheimers charity

June 2016

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Over £3000 was recently handed over to a leading dementia charity following a second year of successful fundraising by staff and residents.

Fundraisers at Middleton Hall Retirement Village were delighted to present a second cheque of £3070 to Dementia Support Worker, Jenny Leeming, making the total raised for the Alzheimer’s Society just under £15,000.

Jenny said: “Middleton Hall has been absolutely outstanding throughout our partnership, and has raised an amazing amount. All the fundraising activities have seen residents heavily involved. It’s heart-warming to see so many people brought together to support the Alzheimer’s Society and be united in the fight against dementia.

Debby Lamont, Head of Care and Quality and Sheenagh Young, Manager of our Family Living service who presented the cheque, are both instrumental in pushing forward Dementia Friendly status throughout the Village. Both have recently undergone training to become  Dementia Friends Champions and are currently running sessions for staff, residents, family members and the local community to attend.

Debby Lamont, who has a first class Honours degree in Dementia Studies commented ” At Middleton Hall, we are delighted to be working closely with the Alzheimer’s Society and the local Darlington Dementia Alliance team to raise the awareness of dementia. Great results are being achieved making our local communities and town more dementia friendly.

Recently implemented at Middleton Hall is a national scheme known as The Herbert Protocol that encourages carers, family and friends to provide and put together useful information, which can then be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing. The scheme is designed to help those caring for someone with dementia and to make sure that in the event a person goes missing, the police can gain access to essential information 21hr (1280x853)promptly.

DSCN4615 (768x1024)Middleton Hall Retirement Village pioneered a unique way for dementia residents to live together when it launched its Family Living service in 2011. The innovative care service gives residents who live with dementia greater self-confidence and independence by enabling them to continue to do household tasks just as they did at home, such as cooking, growing their own vegetables, gardening, baking, tending to chickens and mowing the lawn. Due to the success of this service, this month sees Middleton Hall embark on a 10 month project to build a new purpose built Family Living development with two, 8 bedded complexes.