MORE than 60 walkers of all ages descended on Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve at the weekend for a dementia-friendly ‘Living Well Walk’.
The event – organised by the South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance and sponsored by Birchall Blackburn Law – started at 10:00am on Saturday 5 October and included a short 750-metre stroll round the nature reserve, followed by tea, coffee, refreshments and music.
Nearly a dozen information stands were laid on by members of the South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance – including the likes of Alzheimer’s Society, Age Concern Central Lancashire and St Catherine’s Hospice Care – whilst the main priority of the day was to ensure that everyone got a copy of the new Living Well Guide.
The new Living Well Guide contains loads of useful information and contact details for relevant organisations, and aims to offer help and support to those living with dementia plus their families, friends and carers.
Councillor Mick Titherington, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Leisure at South Ribble Borough Council, said: “It has been a fantastic day – we’ve had loads of people turn up and everybody that I have spoken to has really, really enjoyed themselves.
“I want to thank Birchall Blackburn Law for sponsoring the event and congratulate the officers as well on the organisation.
“I hope that it is the beginning of many more events like this as we bring attention to those people who are living with dementia and their carers, family and friends; and that we can improve the quality of life for all these people.”
Anna-Marie Knipe, Chair of the South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance and solicitor at Birchall Blackburn Law (Leyland branch) said: “What a fantastic start to a great event that is hopefully going to build, year on year. We are so pleased to be involved.”
Other partners from the Dementia Action Alliance attended the event, including Lancashire Fire and Rescue, Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire Memories, Sporting Memories Network, Genesis Care, and Preston Care and Repair.
Live music – songs from the 1950s and 1960s – was provided by singer Katy Bradley. Meanwhile, Longton Women’s Institute helped out with teas, coffees and refreshments.
Individuals or organisations wishing to receive a hard copy of the new Living Well Guide can email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01772 625 546 to request one to be sent out to them.