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Mayor’s Charity Supports Dementia cafes
Tuesday 20th November, 2012

Mayor’s Charity Supports Dementia cafes
Cllrs Mark and Karen Aldred with members of the Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia was and is something close to former Mayor Cllr Mark Aldred’s heart when he became Mayor of Wigan Borough.

Cllr Aldred raised thousands for dementia during his term as Mayor in 2009-10, and did so with a deep personal awareness of the condition as he and his wife, Cllr Karen Aldred watched Mr Aldred senior decline with the condition.

“With my dad, we know first-hand about the pressures that dementia can cause for both carers and family,” says Mark. “Thanks to the people of the borough, we are helping to expand the range of services available for those with dementia as well as recognising the work of the unsung heroes who tirelessly care for their loved ones.”

Dementia is a common condition. In England alone, there are currently 570,000 people living with dementia and this number is expected to double over the next 30 years. As well as Alzheimer’s disease, there is vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia. Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. This can be memory and understanding, but it can also affect judgment and language.

The Mayor’s Charity Appeal during Cllr Aldred’s Mayoralty joined forces with the local Alzheimer’s society and raised £30,403.31. This final total has now been calculated and the money is being used to support and develop work across the borough. They current run two café’s, one in Leigh and the other in Ashton:

Ashton café
1st Tuesday of the month - 10.30 -12.30
The Diamond Club, Grey Road, Ashton in Makerfield, WN4 9QW

Leigh café
3rd Wednesday of the month - 10.30 -12.30
Kingsleigh Methodist Church, Kings Street, Leigh, WN7 4LJ

Cllr Aldred adds: “If you are affected by dementia and would like to meet others in a similar situation, you will be welcome at the cafes. You can spend time chatting with friends and family in a relaxed social setting. Staff and volunteers will be available to give you support and provide you with information and offer you refreshments.”

Both Cllrs Mark and Karen Aldred want to thank everyone who supported the Mayor’s charity during their term and urge people to continue to be generous in support of the Mayoral Charity’s current causes.

Mark adds: “It’s been a real privilege for Karen and I to serve the borough as Mayor and Mayoress and real honour to work with the Mayor’s Fund Raising Committee to support the Alzheimer’s Society. They provide much needed support to the people of our borough who are diagnosed with dementia or help care for loved ones with it.”

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