Over £2,600 was raised for Age UK Norfolk at a popular Songs of Praise event held by the Central Norfolk Methodist Circuit at the famous Thursford Collection on 2nd April.
Following on from the Church’s series of dementia friendly sessions in 2016 held across the Methodist Circuit which looked at their buildings and forms of worship in relation to people living with dementia, Dr Peter Forster, a Vice President of Age UK Norfolk since September 2015, addressed the congregation of over 1,000 people at Thursford with a talk about dementia.
Reverend Andrew King, Superintendent Minister for the Central Norfolk Circuit said, 'We’re lucky to be able to hold our Songs of Praise event at the very popular Thursford collection and we were delighted to invite Age UK Norfolk to attend this year to speak with us about dementia and their exciting work with dementia friendly communities'.
Age UK Norfolk has been working alongside Norfolk communities since 2012 to support them in becoming dementia friendly and to date has supported 14 communities in the county with the initiative.
A dementia friendly community is one based on inclusion, where people with dementia and their carers are not socially isolated but are able to continue to lead active and fulfilling lives with the support of their community. This support comes from everyone from school children to business leaders, from solicitors and doctors to local leisure centres and churches.
Hilary MacDonald, Chief Executive of Age UK Norfolk, said, 'We feel very honoured to have been invited to such a fantastic event. We are deeply appreciative of all who attended and supported us by making a donation, in turn helping us to continue supporting older people across Norfolk.'
*Image of Hilary MacDonald, Chief Executive of Age UK Norfolk and Rev Andrew King, Methodist Superintendent Minister for the Norfolk Central Circuit with a cheque presentation outside The Elms Business Space which supports Age UK Norfolk.