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Sanctuary prepares to rock against dementia

World Rocks Against Dementia was established by the Purple Angel charity.
World Rocks Against Dementia was established by the Purple Angel charity.

National care and support provider Sanctuary Supported Living is joining the world in rocking against dementia as its extra care schemes across the country gear up for events.

More than a dozen of Sanctuary’s extra care schemes will be hosting events in the latter half of March to mark World Rocks Against Dementia (WRAD).

Started by Norman McNamara, a Sanctuary resident in Torquay, WRAD is a global event, now in its third year, that sees communities host events to raise awareness of the disease.

All proceeds from the schemes’ events will go to The Purple Angel, the charity set up by Norman to spread understanding of dementia and provide support for those living with a diagnosis.

A number of events will be open to the public, including.

Greenwich Gardens Extra Care, Greenwich Drive North, Mackworth, Derby

  • Thursday 16 March, 2pm onwards: tea, coffee and cakes, with music performance by local entertainer Jayden Hansford

Whitley Court, Hayes Road, Paignton

  • Friday 17 March, 10.30am to 11.30am: coffee morning, complete with games, raffle and a tombola

Lawley Bank, Martingale Way, Telford

  • Friday 17 March, 2pm onwards: afternoon of tea, coffee and cakes, as well as a short talk on dementia and a photo game. Visitors are encouraged to bring a photo of their younger selves to use in the game.

Sanctuary’s national service manager Tracey Spencer said: “Dementia is a cruel disease that can strip a person of both dignity and their personality and work to provide people with a better understanding of the condition is a noble cause.

“Norman has done fantastic work growing this event over the past three years and we hope we can contribute to its success in getting the message out there.”

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