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An afternoon tea party has been held in Cheltenham for people with dementia and those supporting them. 

Organised by Managing Memory Together, the event was for those who have attended their education and information sessions which provide support, guidance and advice to those with memory problems and their carers.
The party was held on the site of Charlton Lane Hospital and Kathy Holmes, one of the organisers, said it had been a great success.

“Lots of people came along and it was really nice to see them all so relaxed and enjoying themselves,” Kathy, who is Engagement and Involvement lead for Managing Memory, said.

“As well as the refreshments, we also heard from Roger Hare of Carers Gloucestershire, who spoke about the carer peer support groups in the area.

“Nicola Jacobson took us through a ‘Dance and Dementia’ session, and Penny Powell and Jane Fraser-Hook, representing the Alzheimer’s Society, led a ‘Singing for the Brain’ session, which included Christmas favourites.

“We’re really grateful to Roger, Nicola, Penny and Jane for giving up their time to join us, and we were really pleased with how the event went.”

Staff from Managing Memory funded the event themselves, through a weekly donation they made into a dieting club they set up.

Sheila Taylor attended the event with her mother and aunt. She said: “Thank you for the warm welcome extended to us. It was fun and heartwarming to meet such a supportive, caring group.”

Managing Memory Together is a service provided by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust for people worried about memory, people with dementia and the carers of people with dementia.

It provides a memory assessment service, as well as information and education sessions and a community dementia nurse service.

If you have concerns about your memory, or that of someone you care for, and you live in Gloucestershire, ring Managing Memory on 0800 694 8800.

If you live in Herefordshire and you would like to seek advise on memory issues, please ring the local Dementia Service on 0800 234 6343.