Lynda Bellingham drops into Plymstock to spread some Christmas cheer
Published 15 December 2008
Actress and Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Lynda Bellingham visited Alzheimer's Society Drop-In service in Plymstock last week.
Lynda, who is starring in the stage version of the award winning film Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, met people with dementia and their carers.
The Drop-In is an informal fortnightly social gathering which provides an opportunity for those attending to share experiences and offer each support. They also have regular speakers and take part in a number of fun and stimulating activities from singing to brain training.
There are 3,162 people living with dementia in Plymouth. Christmas can be an especially difficult time, so Lynda dropped in to the café to bring some festive cheer.
Lynda's visit is to encourage more volunteers to come forward and help with this and similar services run by the Alzheimer's Society.
Lynda Bellingham, Alzheimer's Society Ambassador, said:
'My mum had Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia, so I know how devastating this disease and its impact can be - not only on the person who has been diagnosed but also on their family and friends. It's a cruel disease which gradually robs you of the person you know and love.
Drop Ins like the one in Plymstock provide people with dementia and their carers an opportunity to take a well-earned break and get support from each other in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It can be a lifeline during what can be a very isolating time. So I'm delighted to be able to help promote this important and valued service by Plymouth and District Branch of Alzheimer's Society.'
Pauline Rook, Plymouth and District Branch Development Officer, said:
'We were delighted to welcome Lynda Bellingham to the Plymstock Drop In. Lynda saw first hand how invaluable this kind of support can be for those who attend.
We hope Lynda's visit will inspire more people to volunteer with the Alzheimer's Society. We have lots of fun and rewarding opportunities and would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved.'
The Plymouth and District branch of Alzheimer's Society provides support to local people with dementia, their carers and families through a range of vital services - Information Line, Support Groups, Social Drop Ins, and Home Visits.