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Dementia - Moving Forward
by Jill Quinn, Chief Executive of Dementia Forward.
It is that time of year again, when we re ect on what Acorn has done
for our charity, and most importantly, for the hundreds of people we
have supported.
But this year is, of course, a special year! I don’t imagine it is about
numbers, but we all need goals and incentives and of course
celebration.
CONGRATULATIONS ACORN! your rst million - what an achievement.
Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.
Surely part of your success is that you carry people along with you.
Your fundraising is, in fact, providing entertainment, sport, good
company and fun, and deservedly you have gathered many loyal
supporters.
We at Dementia Forward are so grateful and proud to be associated
with your wonderful group.
Moving Forward
Dementia Forward continues to grow. Our local helpline is ringing
all day long and our range of support services receives new referrals
every day. Our group forYounger People with Dementia has ourished
following the Nursing Times Award last year and our Admiral Nurse is
completely immersed in supporting local dementia services.
In this second year we tendered for our rst contract and were
successful. We are now able to expand our services in an e ort to
meet the growing demand. The contract also means that we are on
the dementia pathway and will receive referrals earlier. As part of this
service, we will now be able to provide education programmes for
people a ected and their families, helping them to plan and prepare
and live well with their dementia.
Acorn continue to support our wellbeing and social activities - the
vital services that set us apart from other organisations and support
people to live well. Far from being a ‘frill’, we have come to learn that
the outings and group events provide a support network for people
and it is a joy to see the natural peer support that evolves.
Jill Quinn CEO Dementia Forward with Hilda Hayo of Dementia UK
Louise Hanen has headed up our work on Dementia Friendly
communities and this will be an exciting part of the next year’s work.
If we can improve the natural support in communities and increase
awareness and understanding, there is hope that stigma will reduce
and ‘normal life’ can resume for those a ected by dementia.
Our team of dedicated sta , trustees and volunteers are to be
congratulated but we do not forget or take for granted the support
we receive from Acorn. The Acorn Committee should feel proud
and we share with them the huge sense of satisfaction when we
look back at the wonderful work that has been achieved together.
Much love to you all
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Dementia Forward has worked in many successful partnerships
throughout their rst two years. One of these partners is Dementia
UK which provides clinical support for the Admiral Nurse within
the DF team. Dementia UK and Dementia Forward joined forces
during Dementia Awareness Week to put on a reading of Brian
Daniel’s play ‘Don’t leave me now’, followed by a very popular Q
and A session with Hilda Hayo of Dementia UK and Nicky, the DF
Admiral Nurse.
CAPTION
Brian Daniels, Playwright and actors
UPDATE
The Acorn Committee,
PO Box 101, Otley, LS21 2WA
e:
t:
01423 734876
m:
07984 727304
2002
Jan:
Northern Premier of
the lm, Iris at Bradford’s
National Museum of Film
and Photography with Hugh
Bonneville
Apr:
Raised £135,000
Spring:
First Acorn Update
Spring:
£11,000 raised by
David Wadsworth’s Himalayan
Challenge
Spring:
Family Support
Worker for Dementia
appointed
Spring:
Fundraising to employ
a Specialist Nurse for Younger
People with Dementia
May:
Golf Day at Rudding Park
May:
Iron Man Dion Harrison
ran the London Marathon
Jun:
Tennis Tournament at
Ilkley Tennis Club
Jun:
Louise awarded the
Golden Jubilee Community
Volunteer Award
Sep:
Texas Evening
Nov:
Christmas Fair
Nov:
First family support
worker employed
Nov:
Laughter Ball
Dec:
Christmas card by Betty
Naughton
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Apr:
Total raised £225,000
Spring:
Specialist worker
for younger people with
dementia is employed
May:
Golf Day at Rudding Park
May:
Spring Fling at Huby
Village Hall
Jun:
Tennis Tournament at The
Academy, Harrogate
Jul:
Participates in
international trial investigating
scleroderma-related lung
disease
Sep:
The Great North Run
when 25 runners raised
£17,000
Oct:
Beacon Prize 2013“Highly
Commended Certi cate
Nov:
A Night with the Stars
Ball
Dec:
Christmas Card by Les
Packham
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