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UPDATE
The Acorn Committee,
PO Box 101, Otley, LS21 2WA
e:
t:
01423 734876
m:
07984 727304
OUT AND ABOUT
We all enjoy a trip out and I am sure we all remember our school outings,
summer holidays, day trips with family and friends – so why should that
stop if you have dementia. Sadly it does, but not if you are supported
by Dementia Forward.
Acorn organises and plans wonderful monthly outings for people
with dementia and their carers. This year has been action-packed! We
have visited the Bronte Parsonage, had a canal trip to Skipton, been
to see The Lion King when it came to the Bradford Alhambra, enjoyed
afternoon tea at Goldsborough Hall and a very special highlight was our
outing to Newby Hall in July.
It was as if wewere all back in our childhood during the summer holidays
– one of our party said she always felt too old to go on the miniature
train at Newby Hall but didn’t need asking twice to step aboard as it was
all pre booked, nor did anyone turn down the chance of a 99 ice cream!
The peer support which carers receive is beyond price and as you
can imagine, the outings are very popular. I would like to thank our
wonderful coach driver Jockey from AS Coaches who drives us to all
the wonderful places we have visited and looks after us like kings and
queens – making all our days out just that bit extra special.
What always makes me smile is that more than once when we are out
and about I have been approached and asked “How do we join your
group, you seem to be having such fun!”
“Outings are so relaxing and
happy. They are so important
to us all; we belong in a team.
I cannot emphasise how much
Dementia Forward means to us all”
Anonymous
“For a powerful,
uplifting tonic, we
take a Dementia
Forward outing!”
Joan and Alan Rainey
“What a wonderful day out we had at Newby Hall. I think it
was the best trip we have been on through Dementia Forward.
Louise hired a scooter for my husband which enabled us to go
where everybody else went. The trip on the train was very good
and I could see the pleasure it gave Roland waving on to all the
onlookers even though it de-railed as soon as we set off (too much
weight with all the cakes Louise makes us have!). Thank you for a
lovely day”.
Carol and Roland Moor
“A jewel of an English
country home and
garden on a perfect
July day in the best of
company. It was lovely.”
Mac and Freda Reid
“To show how popular your
outings are, if you don’t reply by
return they all get booked up. We
were slow and were only in time
to book for one outing, but first
out of the block now the autumn
programme has been announced!”
David and Ann Wells
“The events that Acorn organise are so important to Sylvia’s well
being. The stimulation created by sharing these experiences with
her friends and with the staff and volunteers from Acorn and
Dementia Forward is so good to see. She laughs and smiles and
there is a sparkle in her eyes. You improve our lives so much.
Thank you to the Acorn Committee for all of your care and
consideration.”
Adrian and Sylvia Smith
Newby Hall Outing
Barge Outing
2004
Jan:
The Acorn Wednesday
Group is launched – pilot
activity session for younger
people with dementia
Mar:
Fashion Rocks Fashion
Show at The Hotel Du Vin
Mar:
Acorn Spring Fair
Apr:
Total raised £300,000
Jun:
Tennis Tournament at
Ilkley Tennis Club
Sep:
Lynx Fashion Show
Sep:
Golf Day at Ilkley Golf Club
Nov:
Hog Roast at Huby Village
Hall
2005
Jan:
Fashion Show at Lynx,
Harrogate
Mar:
Lobby Parliament with
local MP Phil Willis
Mar:
Race Night with Lynx
Apr:
Total raised £310,000
Apr:
Heidi Davis, JimWoodburn
and Sarah Skitt ran the London
Marathon and Dion Harrison
did the Ironman in Lanzarote
and Edinburgh Marathon
Apr:
PCT and Social Services
fund Specialist Nurse and Acorn
Healthcare Assistant and Social
Worker for younger people
with dementia
Summer:
Luncheon Clubs start
for people with dementia and
their carers at Bilton Cricket
Club, Harrogate
Jun:
Tennis Tournament at The
Academy, Harrogate
Jun:
Ascot Ball with 500 guests
raising £45,000
Jul:
Dr Maya Buch spends a
year at University of Michigan
Scleroderma Center
Sep:
Golf Day at Ilkley Golf Club
Sep:
Julie Fitzmaurice Fashion
Show
Sep:
Acorn Challenge – The
Lyke Wake Walk 14 walkers
raised nearly £10,000
Oct:
A private view by artist
Tony Brummell Smith
Nov:
Christmas Fair at Hotel Du
Ville, Ripley
Nov:
A Private Audience with
Snake Davis at Hotel du Vin,
Harrogate
Dec:
Christmas Card by Tony
Brummell Smith
“We would like to thank you and Acorn for another wonderful day out with
our group from Dementia Forward. The trip to Skipton and the cruise
along the canal were great. John particularly enjoyed the singsong and
coped well with the words. Today was something of a trip down memory
lane; it is 62 years since we went to Newby Hall and on that occasion
arrived by motor cycle and side car!
John alas couldn’t appreciate the beauty of the Hall but loved the ice-cream.
You even arranged perfect weather on both days”
Barbara and John Dixon
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