A bumper turn-out ensured £360 was raised to boost dementia research funds when Garstang county councillor and former mayor Sandra Perkins hosted a charity coffee morning.
But it was not just the amount raised that was the pleasing outcome of the special event at the town’s United Reformed Church hall, but also the inspiration.
County Coun Perkins was so heartened by the response to the coffee morning, at which the Alzheimer’s Society also set up an information stand, that she now wants to set up a monthly “memory cafe” meeting in the town for dementia sufferers.
She explained: “As a result of the interest shown I am now looking into setting up a memory cafe where dementia sufferers and carers can come along and get together.”
County Coun Perkins is currently looking for potential local venues to accommodate such coffee mornings. The Alzheimer’s Society already holds “memory cafe” events in Lancaster and Morecambe.
It is part of her ongoing efforts to make Garstang a Dementia Aware Town. Her late husband, Alan, died of dementia and County Coun Perkins recently trained as a Dementia Friends’ Ambassador.
She added: “I want to work with traders, cafe owners and community groups to make them more aware of the tell tale signs – what to look for –which could help make people a bit more tolerant. We need more ‘dementia friends’”
County Coun Perkins praised the generosity of local people and the help of her former mayoress Gillian Lamb in organising the coffee morning.