Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

West Suffolk: Appeal on track for £25k target for dementia campaign

14:00 18 June 2014

New reminiscence areas  have been created at Mellish House. Pictured are residents Cecil

New reminiscence areas have been created at Mellish House. Pictured are residents Cecil "Bill" Lawn and Mrs Freda Guiheen


The fundraising manager overseeing the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign has been “overwhelmed” by the response so far, which has seen almost half of the £25,000 target raised in just three months.

Being run by West Suffolk Hospital in conjunction with the East Anglian Daily Times and its sister paper The Mercury, the appeal total currently stands at £10,897.

Fundraising manager Dave Gooderham said: “To raise that sort of money in three months is staggering. The appeal has obviously touched the hearts and minds of people in west Suffolk. We feel that awareness of dementia is growing and we hope we can help to challenge and change perceptions.”

Winch and Blatch department store in Sudbury has picked the Forget-Me-Not appeal as its chosen charity for the year. The Bury St Edmunds branch of Fred Olsen travel agents has also adopted the campaign as its charitable cause this year.

Money raised will go towards creating a memory walk at West Suffolk Hospital to provide a calm and comforting area for patients with dementia. It will also purchase reminiscence materials and help kit out a day room.

Staff and residents of Mellish House care home in Great Cornard have recently seen the benefit of installing new ‘reminiscence areas’.

The facility provides residential care for up to 48 elderly people living with a form of dementia. The new areas, which have been devised with input from residents, include beach huts, wash days, a traditional living room and the Mellish Train Station.

Such has been the success of the work so far, residents now have plans to redecorate two further lounge and dining areas and add even more feature walls around the home.

Mellish House manager Maekhala Allan said: “As a home committed to working closely with those living with dementia, reminiscence is an important part of daily life here at Mellish House. Everyone involved has done a fantastic job in putting these areas together.

“They not only brighten up the home, but will truly help our residents feel at home as well. They provide a wonderful place for everyone to remember precious times, share stories and make new memories.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Police were deployed to the scene

An armed police officer was called to Kesgrave as a safety precaution after a report was received of an injured dog today.

Jonathon Porritt - Friends of the Earth director by Sizewell A April 1986

Plans for Sizewell C are doomed to “evaporate” in the wake of insurmountable problems that will prevent its intended forerunner at Hinkley Point ever producing electricity, one of Britain’s leading environmentalists has predicted.

Nancy Blackett in sail on the River Orwell. The sailing cutter was restored by Michael Rines, of Maritime Woodbridge, who is well-versed on Arthur Ransome's connection with the Suffolk coast

Arthur Ransome’s tales of boats and adventure - many of which were set in Suffolk - changed the course of children’s literature.


Last week’s article was about Oak Hill, the outstanding property just off Belstead Road on Oak Hill Lane, built in 1860 on a plot of land sold by Peter Burrell of Stoke Park, recaps John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

Martin Newell has been turning apples into cider

As I recounted last week, of all the home-brew I’ve ever fooled around with, cider has been the biggest challenge, writes Martin Newell.

Gina Long

A Suffolk-based charity auction which has attracted bids from all over the world and raised more than £870,000 since its inception is aiming to break the £1million mark for national and local charities this year.

American tycoon Donald Trump

Fight or flight is fascinating, writes Ellen Widdup.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists

Don't miss


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24