Join a vintage adventure to help raise money for Dementia Support

Dementia Support has invited people across the district to join it for a Vintage Adventure and raise awareness and money for the Tangmere charity.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 10:33 am

To mark the third birthday of Sage House, the first dementia hub in the country, the charity has teamed up with vintage performer Dawn Gracie to urge supporters to dress up and host a tea party on May 7 to celebrate memories by reliving times gone – and make new memories with friends and family for the future.

Lisa Oeder, head of fundraising at the charity, said: “Over this past year staff from the charity have been dressing up to raise awareness and funds for the charity – supported by our local community.

“This has proven popular, and we wanted to do something more with this idea.

Dementia Support staff dressed up in vintage gear outside Sage House

“The vintage eras of the 1950s and 1960s are a time where many of our customers hold precious memories from.

“Therefore, it made sense to combine the two and create a vintage-themed opportunity for dressing up; and we also love a cream tea!”

Supporting the campaign is vintage performer and Observer columnist Dawn Gracie, who has been a friend and volunteer of Dementia Support for many years, and has entertained customers and staff with her performances both in person and, more recently, virtually.

Dawn Gracie said: “It’s my absolute pleasure to be working with Dementia Support on this Vintage Adventure campaign.

Vintage performer Dawn Gracie has teamed up with Dementia Support to urge supporters to dress up and host a tea party to raise awareness and money for the charity

“I have performed 50s and 60s music for ten years and a lot of my work has been for care homes and specifically to those who are living with dementia. So, I know how very important music and memory is.

“The connection I get with audiences is heart-warming and rewarding in equal measure and so this theme as a fundraising and awareness campaign makes complete sense.”

Dementia Support said memories are important to those living with dementia and their loved ones as they are one of the things they lose, starting with the most recent.

The charity hopes that by stepping back in time to share memories together, people will be able to make new memories and start talking about dementia and challenge the myths and stigma felt by many.

For more information and to sign up and receive a Vintage Adventure fundraising pack, visit www.dementia-support.org.uk/a-vintage-adventure

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