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Alzheimer’s Society launches Forget Me Not appeal

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Angela Rippon shares royal memory as charity urges Lancashire and Cumbria to wear Forget Me Not badge in honour of someone special

Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging Lancashire and Cumbria to help fund life-changing dementia support by wearing a Forget Me Not badge, as the leading dementia charity launches its inaugural Forget Me Not Appeal.

TV journalist, writer and presenter Angela Rippon CBE is the first of several high-profile figures to share a treasured memory that they’d never want to forget as part of the appeal, which runs throughout June.

Angela, renowned for presenting scores of TV programmes over the past 55 years including BBC’s Nine O’clock News and currently Rip Off Britain, has shared the amusing and heart-warming tale of the time she met the Queen, and her friend broke royal protocol.

Talking in a video she said: “My favourite memory of the Queen is at the Windsor Horse Show when an American friend of mine broke protocol, instigating a conversation with her.”

“She told us everything she knew about the horses, carriages, training and the joy and exhilaration of competing. It was lovely to see the Queen being herself and talking with genuine knowledge, enthusiasm and pleasure about something.”

Amanda Boult, Dementia Connect Local Services Manager for Lancashire and Cumbria said: “For too long, people affected by dementia have felt forgotten. They feel forgotten by the wider public, who don’t always understand the huge challenges that come with dementia. They feel forgotten by research, where breakthroughs seem to come hard and fast for other conditions, while people living with dementia are left waiting, and they feel forgotten by a care system that fails to provide the help and support they desperately need.

“That is why we’re encouraging the people of Lancashire and Cumbria to show their support to the 24,500 currently living with dementia here. We urgently need to find a cure, improve care and offer help and understanding for people affected.

“By wearing a Forget Me Not badge this June you will be showing people affected by dementia that you understand, you are with them, and you are helping to fund life-changing support.”

In addition to wearing the badge, there are many other ways to support the appeal. From creating forget-me-not themed crafts, joining our Dog Walking Challenge or wearing it blue at school, work or out and about.

  • Donate and get your Forget Me Not pin badge,
  • Looking for Father’s Day gift ideas? The Forget-me-not Silver Round Cufflinks are the perfect way to show the father figure in your life you care, while supporting a cause close to your heart. The forget-me-not flowers have been expertly cultivated, briefly dried & then set in resin and sterling silver to be cherished for years to come.
  • Get crafting! From baking biscuits to painting, knitting flowers to making cards, each masterpiece can make a real difference and is a nice way to pass time with loved ones. Click here for a handy guide on how to get involved.
  • Join our dog walking challenge. This June, get your pooch at the ready and join thousands of people set to walk 100k alongside their four-legged friend. Money raised will support people affected by dementia through some of the hardest and most frightening times, to improve their lives and ensure they have the support they need.
  • Wear it blue. Don your best blue attire at work, school or out and about. Sign up, raise money and show your support for people living with dementia and their loved ones.

Find out more about the appeal and the other ways you can get involved at alzheimers.org.uk/forget-me-not-appeal

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