Suffolk: Dementia support charity, The Debenham Project, backs Surviving Winter campaign

The EADT has relaunched its Surviving Winter campaign to help protect some our most vulnerable residents The EADT has relaunched its Surviving Winter campaign to help protect some our most vulnerable residents

Andrew Hirst
Thursday, December 19, 2013
12:02 PM

A charity supporting dementia sufferers and their carers in Suffolk is backing the EADT’s Surviving Winter campaign to help its members through the colder months.

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The Debenham Project, which was set up to meet the challenges of an ageing population in the village and its surrounding communities, is keen to share the campaign’s message with its members so that vulnerable dementia sufferers can access support during difficult times.

The campaign, spearheaded by Suffolk Community Foundation, Age UK and the EADT, has already raised more than £40,000 following its launch last month to help vulnerable residents stay warm this winter.

A recent study by the Debenham Project has indicated that 60% of dementia sufferers are in their 80s and therefore more likely to feel the cold, with many family carers also susceptible through health issues and emotional exhaustion.

“Winter always presents a time of worry for older people and especially for those families who may be coping with the impact of dementia or memory problems on their lives,” said Lynden Jackson, chairman of the Debenham Project.

The charity’s study has also revealed that a third of carers have reported financial difficulties, while dementia patients can also face monetary hardship which Mr Jackson said can worsen matters.

“Whereas, ideally, they should be keeping their homes warmer than the average, thee factors may lead to the reverse, either intentionally, in order to make ends meet, or unintentionally, simply because of the nature of their memory loss/illness,” Mr Jackson said.

The total raised for the campaign, yesterday stood at £41,500, with many EADT readers making generous contributions from their Winter Fuel Payment, to help others.

Judi Newman, development director for Suffolk Community Foundation, said: “Here at the foundation, we often see many examples of wonderful generosity from people who care about those in need within their local community but the response to this year’s Surviving Winter appeal has been truly amazing.”