New group to help dementia sufferers

Official launch of Dementia Friendly Todmorden, Todmorden Town Hall. Pictured is Cherie Blair, Lisa Candlin and Sgt Dominic Furby from the Fire Service
Official launch of Dementia Friendly Todmorden, Todmorden Town Hall. Pictured is Cherie Blair, Lisa Candlin and Sgt Dominic Furby from the Fire Service

Cherie Blair, wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, was one of the guest speakers at the official launch of the Dementia Friendly Todmorden group and campaign.

Mrs Blair CBE, QC, who is a leading barrister, was at the event organised by the group at Todmorden Town Hall where she spoke about her father, actor Tony Booth, who has the condition.

Mr Booth, who became a household name when he co-starred in the BBC comedy Till Death Us Do Part, lives in Todmorden with his wife Steph, one of the DFT founders.

The aim of the event was to create a one-day, one-stop shop for information, help and advice about the condition. It was well-attended by carers, friends and relatives of people who have the condition and accordingly achieved its aim, said the organisers.

Speakers at the launch included Sgt Vanessa Rolfe, who spoke about how the police are very involved in undertanding dementia issues and how they can help, Geoff Shaw of West Yorkshire Fire Service, who spoke powerfully about the condition which affected his father and how he wished he had knowledge about it then that he now has, and Cherie Blair.

Steph Booth said: “It went really well and was extremely well attended, with about a dozen stalls there with organisations providing information.

“We had planned it as a one-stop shop for that day. Finding out what is out there for dementia sufferers is tough and from that point of view it was really good that a lot of people were able to get around these stalls and have chats,” she said.

You can contact Dementia Friendly Todmorden via its Facebook site www.facebook.com/dementiafriendlytodmorden or website www.dementiatodmorden.co.uk, or by calling 07867 916456 or emailing dementiatod@gmail.com