A dedicated group of fund-raisers has continued to raise money which will help deliver valuable services to help those with dementia.
The group, calling themselves the ’Forget Me Not Belles’, organises a number of events throughout the year to raise money for the Alzheimer Scotland Angus service.
On Wednesday the ladies - Maureen Black, Mabel Taylor and Isabel Hosie - presented the proceeds from this year’s efforts which totalled £12,200.22.
Maureen said: “I would like to say a big thank you to all my volunteers for their help with our fund-raising as, without them, this wouldn’t be possible.
“This money will be used to start up new projects in the Angus area as well as supporting ones already up and running.”
Maureen was also delighted to report they received a “fantastic donation” from her grand-daughter, Leah Black, for over £1,500 which she raised doing an abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge.
The money was presented to Pat Brodlie, dementia resource worker with Alzheimers Scotland’s Angus service.
Pat said the money would be used to help fund services already set up in the county and to expand them.
She said: “This is a wonderful donation. It allows us to run things that we couldn’t run, like our drop-in sessions.”
The money will be used to help with the running costs ofservices being offered throughout Angus, including drop-in sessions held in Forfar and Carnoustie.
The Forfar sessions run on Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at Forfar Farmington’s clubrooms at the Market Muir, with the Carnoustie sessions held on Friday mornings from 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. at Panbride Church.
Pat continued: “The drop-in sessions are for people with dementia who can either come along on their own or with their carers.
“These are very informal, slightly structured sessions.”
A Friday Fling dance session is held fortnightly in the pensioners’ hall in Chapel Street, Forfar from 2 to 4 p.m. and post diagnostic cafes are held monthly in Carnoustie, Montrose and Monifieth with a new cafe starting in Forfar in the new year.
Pat concluded: “We have a lot more in the pipeline. We have just started a golf reminiscence group in Forfar with another planned for Carnoustie; we have a pool group in Arbroath and a number of plans for the new year.”