Last week (Friday), Dementia Forward was presented with a cheque for £10,000 from Harrogate Borough Council.
Twice a year, the borough council’s bereavement services raise money through the recycling of metals recovered from cremations with consent from the bereaved families. The recycled metals include those used in the construction of the coffins and in orthopaedic implants such as hip, knee and replacement joints.
The charity chosen for the last six-months is Dementia Forward. The charity provide a local service for people living with dementia and their family carers and support them from pre-diagnosis to end of life. Services include a local helpline, a team of trained dementia support advisors and a dementia specialist nurse who carry out home visits and weekly wellbeing groups.
Councillor Andy Paraskos, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment, waste reduction and recycling, said: “I’d like to thank those families who, during a difficult time, have consented to us recycling metals recovered. By raising this money, everyone involved has done their bit to helping local charities such as Dementia Forward.”
Jillian Quinn, CEO of Dementia Forward, said: “We would like to thank Harrogate Borough Council for this very generous donation, which has come at a really important time. Our services are needed more than ever and many of our fund raising events are on hold at the moment. We have extended our help line team and this will keep the service going strong. We rely heavily on local support and we are very grateful.”