SlipTest’s Belinda Bleakley sings a duet to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society

SlipTest’s Belinda Bleakley sings a duet to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society

On Sunday 21st May our SlipTest Flooring Consultant, Belinda, sang a duet as part of a concert by the Weston Underwood choir to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.   Belinda regularly sings with the Weston Underwood choir but hasn’t taken a part in a duet since she was 18, and we all think she did an amazing job.

 The charity is one that is very close to Belinda’s heart as Belinda’s step father is currently suffering from the disease and the support Alzheimer’s Society is able to give to the family and Carer's is invaluable.

 In 2015/16, for every £1 received by the Alzheimer’s Society, 89p was spent directly on improving the lives of people with dementia. The other 11p went towards generating future income.

 Their income increased from £90.7 million to £97.9 million last year.  They spent 12% more on their work meeting the needs of people affected by dementia, inspiring change and advancing research.

If you want to donate to the great work carried out by the Alzheimer’s Society or find out more about what they do, you can do so by following this link

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20022/how_your_money_helps#

 Unless you have had experience of Dementia before in some way you may not be fully aware of the disease and what it entails.  Here are some key ‘things you should know about Dementia’ taken from the Alzheimer’s Society website:

1.       Dementia is not a natural part of ageing

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and it doesn’t just affect older people. Over 40,000 people under 65 in the UK have dementia. This is called early-onset or young-onset dementia.

2.       Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain

Diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease cause nerve cells to die, damaging the structure and chemistry of the brain.

There are lots of other causes and no two types of dementia are the same. In different types of dementia there is damage to different parts of the brain.

3.       It's not just about losing your memory

When most people hear the word dementia, they think of memory loss.

And it does often start by affecting the short-term memory. Someone with dementia might repeat themselves and have problems recalling things that happened recently. But dementia can also affect the way people think, speak, perceive things, feel and behave.

4.       People can still live well with dementia

Although there is no cure for dementia, scientists and researchers are working hard to find one.

Until that day comes, support and treatments are available that can help with symptoms and managing daily life. These can allow people with dementia to lead active, purposeful lives and carry on doing the things that matter to them most.

Please keep up to date with our site for more information on our next event to help raise money for this extremely worthy cause.

 

 

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