The Alzheimer’s Thursday Club celebrated their 28th anniversary yesterday in High Green, Sheffield.
Volunteers who started the club in 1989, created it for people suffering from the early stages of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, who live in the local community of High Green, Burncross and Chapeltown.
The club runs every Thursday at ‘St Saviour’s High Green Church’ in Ecclesfield between 9:30am and 4pm, and holds activities such as flower arranging, arts and crafts and occasionally a guest entertainer.
In attendance at the anniversary event was the Lord Mayor, Counsillor Anne Murphy who has personal connections to the club, after her mother was recently diagnosed with Vascular Dementia.
Anne, said: “I’ve known a lot of older people who live locally and suffer with dementia. A lot of people who have dementia don’t have extended families are often helped through these types of friendship groups.
Particularly the people who run this, they are so helpful and understanding.”
Dorothy Wood and Shirley Taylor, the founders of the Alzheimer’s Thursday Club, want people to “remember those whose cannot remember.”
Simon Bessant, the Vicar of St Saviour’s High Green, said: “28 years and it only takes 4 weeks off a year, that’s a real commitment to a real project.
It astonishes me how amazing these volunteers are to run the Thursday club. They have my respect.”
For more information about the Thursday Club, visit: https://stsaviours.info/alzheimers/