29th May, 2017

Knitted flowers a huge success for dementia awareness in Malvern

Craig Gibbons 17th May, 2017 Updated: 17th May, 2017

MORE THAN 1,000 knitted blue Forget Me Not flowers were picked up by people in Malvern to help make the town dementia friendly.

The flowers were placed around Barnards Green and Great Malvern Town Centre last Wednesday (May 10) as a visual way of raising awareness of the Alzheimer Society’s Dementia Friends campaign.

Altogether about 1,200 hand-made flowers were donated to Malvern Hills District Council by generous members of the public.

The council are holding Dementia Friends sessions to help people gain a better understanding of the condition and know how to act more sympathetically towards people living with dementia.

The one hour sessions with places still available take place in the Council Chamber, Great Malvern this Thursday (May 18) from 6pm and on Thursday, June 15 at 6pm.

Rachel Vann, physical activity and well-being Officer for Malvern Hills District Council said: “We are really pleased that so many people picked up a flower to take home.

“Becoming a Dementia Friend is really easy, there is no commitment or volunteering involved, simply just book onto an information session or watch an online video on the Dementia Friends website.

“A Dementia Friend is just about learning what it’s like to live with dementia – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to knit; we couldn’t believe the final count was over 1000 flowers, it was amazing.”

Contact rachel.vann@malvernhills.gov.uk to book a session.

Visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk for more information.