Jun 24, 2018
The team at Appleby House opened the doors to the care home for its Dementia Action Week event, and to help launch the Purple Angel campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness and understanding of the impact dementia has on individuals and their families, and encourages people and towns to be dementia aware.
To mark the launch of the campaign, the home was delighted to be joined by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Councillor Neil Dallen, and his wife Ann Dallen. Visitors and residents enjoyed getting creative at an intergenerational art session to create the ‘tree of life’, which was hosted by art workshop, Creative Minds. Visitors were able to write their own special message onto decorations to hang on the tree, symbolising the Creative Minds message that ‘everyone has a voice’.
After the creative session, the founder of Purple Angels, Norman McNamara, delivered a speech via a pre-recorded video to highlight the importance of the work of the Purple Angels, who voluntarily raise awareness of dementia.
Shona Bradbury, home manager at Appleby House, said: “The residents and team members are proud to have helped launch such an important campaign here at Appleby House. We know how challenging looking after a friend or relative living with dementia can be, and want the people of Surrey to know they have our support if they are living with, or know someone who is living with, dementia.
“We would like to say a big thank you to the Mayor, Councillor Neil Dallen, and his wife, Ann Dallen, for joining us to raise awareness for such an important cause. We would also like to thank Norman McNamara, Creative Minds, and the local community for making the event such a success.”
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