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The NatWest dozen get ready to get dirty in a good cause

8th November 2016

Natwest ready to get dirtyThe NatWest dozen get ready to get dirty in a good cause

by Philip Welch

The High Sheriff of Somerset is impressed and inspired by our campaign to make Wells a Dementia Friendly City.

“I totally support the great work that you are doing,” said Lucy Nelson, “and hope Wells will become a beacon of excellence helping to spread awareness throughout Somerset.

“I would love to make Somerset the first dementia friendly county in the country.”

Lucy has been promised full support for this ambition by the Wells Dementia Action Alliance, which runs the city’s campaign.

In her role as High Sheriff for 2015-16 Lucy is working with the Somerset Community Foundation to help and link small charities operating in a similar field so they can share best practice and financial expertise.

“In particular am trying to help three small Somerset charities specialising in mental health,” she said.

“This is an area where cuts in funding have been quite severe, especially when it comes to facilitating social interaction and getting involved in creative undertakings which can be wonderfully healing for the mind.”

One of the three charities is Heads Up at South Horrington, for which Lucy has fulsome praise.

“It has an amazing working and training garden, cooking school, woodwork area and a pottery class, all of which are vital hubs for people with mental health issues,” said Lucy.

A dozen NatWest staff donned more casual clothes than they wear at the bank to tidy the garden of the Lawrence Centre charity in Wells.

“The campaign to make Wells a Dementia Friendly City is really taking off in the bank,” said Lesley Kennedy of NatWest.

“Staff came from as far as Taunton, Minehead and Bristol to help at the Lawrence Centre which supports as many vulnerable people as funds permit.”

The Alzheimer’s Society is holding an information session with free buffet lunch on November 30 in Wells where carers of people with dementia to find out more about the support available. Contact Caroline Mead for details on 01749 836606 or Caroline.Mead@sompar.nhs.uk

For more information about the campaign to make Wells a Dementia Friendly City, offer help or just add your support, please email enquiries@pilgrimfp.co.uk or philipwelch21@btinternet.com

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