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Fleet flocks to Sunrise for Dementia Awareness Week

Friday 7 June 2013
Participating organisations:
Sunrise Senior Living

Sunrise hosted a hugely successful Antiques Roadshow event on Tuesday 22nd May, welcoming 80-year-old antiques expert, Michael Laikin to cast his experienced eye over the treasures of residents and local people, who came to Sunrise in their droves to have their prized possessions valued.

Before valuations even began, a packed house listened in awe to Mr Laikin give a far from antique talk about his 50 years of experience in the antiques industry. Many visitors left Sunrise beaming from ear to ear as they found their antiques were worth many times what they initially expected. To top it all off, Sunrise raised £120 in ticket sales for the afternoon which was donated to the Alzheimer’s Society, Sunrise of Fleet’s nominated charity of the year.

On Monday 21st May Sunrise opened the Memory Café, where local people living with memory loss are invited to join Sunrise residents for musical entertainment, refreshment and socialising every Monday. The Sunrise lounge rivalled the Blackpool Ballroom during the Café’s grand opening as residents sang and danced to tremendous tunes all afternoon. The classic selection of resident’s favourite songs together with the mouth-watering afternoon tea served has left residents eagerly awaiting the next Memory Café on Monday.

Selina Sapsford, Director of Community Relations at Sunrise of Fleet, said: 

“The Sunrise of Fleet Team is passionate about the work that they do for people who live with Alzheimer’s and dementia and we were thrilled to be able to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society and reach out to the local community during Dementia Awareness Week.

“Music has a massively positive impact on people living with memory loss and I was particularly pleased to see how all the residents enjoyed the entertainment at the Memory Café. The Café is completely free and open to all every Monday afternoon at 3pm, do come and pay us a visit!”