Nine years ago the Alzheimer’s Society formed a group to support locals in Havering suffering with the condition but sadly had to walk away from it because of lack of funding.
Now, the group has been taken over by Hornchurch local Ben Hawley who has dedicated his time helping Alzheimer sufferers and their carers find a respite place where they can come and watch some entertainment.
He told the Havering Daily: “I took over in February 2020 and we had two venues one in Harold Wood and one in Gidea Park. The groups are specifically designed for people with dementia and their carers to come along and enjoy some entertainment for two to three hours a week.
“Sadly, when Covid struck we had to close down but we still managed a way to stay in touch with our group members. Unfortunately we lost eleven members to Covid which saddened us all.”
Due to the big impact Covid has had on many local groups and charities, Havering Singing with the Brain now only have one venue in Gidea Park where they will re-open next month and are looking for new members to join.
Ben continued: “We will be opening our doors again on June 23 at St Michael’s in Gidea Park where everyone is welcome to come along and attend.
“I know there have been more people diagnosed during the lock down period so I’d like to reach out to them and their carers to come and join our group and have a few hours off watching entertainment and having some refreshments.”
The event starts at 10.30 am unitl 1pm in Gidea Park and everyone is welcome to pop along. The group are asking for people who come to have had their second Covid jab after the loss of 11 of their members from the virus.
“We charge £5 that is for refreshments, and we don’t charge working carers who come with their patient,” finished Ben.