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Newark Dementia Carers Group receive cash boost from Nottinghamshire County Council and Farndon Residents Environmental Group at meeting at Newark Flowserve Sports and Social Club, Balderton



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A support group for those with dementia and their carers has been given a vital funding boost.

Newark Dementia Carers Group received two cheques – one from Nottinghamshire County Council and another from Farndon Residents Environmental Group (FREG) at their recent meeting at Newark Flowserve Sports and Social Club in Balderton.

The carers group aims to reduce social isolation by offering its 60 members somewhere to come together and share their experiences in a friendly and sociable environment.

Newark Dementia Carers Group receiving cheques from Nottinghamshire County Council and Fernwood Reidents Environmental Group (FREG) (30115693)
Newark Dementia Carers Group receiving cheques from Nottinghamshire County Council and Fernwood Reidents Environmental Group (FREG) (30115693)

The £450 donation from the county council came from the council’s vice chairman Stuart Wallace’s funding allocation for deserving causes, and he said he said the group is such a worthwhile cause.

“Regretfully, dementia is one of society’s biggest problems,” said Mr Wallace.

“We are an ageing population and more and more people are getting it so we need to raise awareness to be able to help people in that area.”

The group also received a cheque from FREG chairman John Dodson after members collected £507 in the run-up to Christmas.

Newark Dementia Carers Group meets on the last Tuesday of the month, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, at Flowserve Sports and Social Club.

It runs activities for members including boccia tournaments, craft sessions, a singing group entitled Singing For The Mind, organised days out and tea dances.

Chairman Ken Daubney said: “We appreciate all donations.

“It goes a decent way to paying for venues or instructors, but the money is soon eaten up,” he said.

“We try to provide these activities for people and it’s not a cheap task.

“The support we get from local businesses is gratefully appreciated and we are very grateful.”

Mr Daubney set up the group in 2014 while caring for his late wife, who suffered from dementia.

He found that while there were separate community groups for those with dementia and their carers, there weren’t any that cater for a patient and their carer together.

“A person with dementia can’t be without their carer for too long, so it makes sense to offer them a joint group,” he said.

New members are always welcome to go along and join the group.

For more information, email Mr Daubney at kendaubney@icloud.com or call 01636 702577.

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