Generous City of Wolverhampton Council staff raised £500 for the Alzheimer's Society by donning denim for the day.

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Numerous council employees wore jeans to work on Denim for Dementia Day, Friday 19 May, and in doing so collected £500.14 which was presented to the West Midlands branch of the Alzheimer's Society last week.

The denim day marked the culmination of a series of events in the City to mark Dementia Awareness Week 2017, the highlight of which was a very successful United Against Dementia awareness raising event at the Bob Jones Community Hub.

It was attended by more than 100 people and highlighted the support available to the estimated 3,300 residents living with dementia in Wolverhampton, as well as the help on hand to their families, friends and carers.

City of Wolverhampton Council commissioner Sue Eagle, who helped organise the week long programme, said: "The aim of Dementia Awareness Week was to raise awareness of this cruel condition, to make people aware of the help and support which is available to them locally, and to highlight some of the simple steps people can take to make life easier for people living with dementia.

"We had a fantastic response from providers, staff and the local community to the various events which we staged throughout the week, and I would like to thank everyone who was involved in one way or another.

"In particular, I would like to thank everyone who took part in the Denim for Dementia day, and in doing so helped raise £500 for the Black Country branch of the Alzheimer's Society."

Lee Allen from the Black Country branch of the Alzheimer's Society said: "Dementia Awareness Week was a great opportunity for us all to unite together and showcase what services and support is available within Wolverhampton."

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe many different types of dementia, particularly Alzheimer's Disease, Vascular Dementia and Dementia with Lewy bodies.

Cases of dementia increase with age it can affect anyone, and causes a decline in a person's cognitive abilities, affecting their memory, language, understanding, reasoning, problem solving and concentration. Each person's dementia is unique and so affects their lives in very different ways.

For more information about dementia, please visit Type=links;Linkid=3328;Title=Alzheimer's Society;Target=_blank;. For more details of the support available locally, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=6893;Title=Dementia; or call the Alzheimer's Society Black Country on 0121 521 3028.

  • released: Friday 2 June, 2017