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Cheque presentation to Laois Alzheimers branch

Students from Portarlington recently raised over €2,000 for the Laois Alzheimers Branch following a sponsored walk.

Last September Laois Alzheimer’s had the mobile unit in the area and visited many places over the few days, meeting people and giving them information on dementia.

One of the places visited was the Further Education College in Portarlington and two branch members gave a talk about dementia to a group of students studying healthcare.

This inspired the students to get involved and do something to help with fundraising.

“This group have come forward to help the Alzheimer’s Society raise funds as they really liked the talk and wanted to give back and decided to do a sponsored walk,” explained branch PRO Jacintha Byrne.

Following the walk, the students handed over a cheque for the sum of €2,253.95 to the Laois Alzheimers Branch.

All monies raised from the event in Laois will be retained within the county for local services.

Laois Alzheimer Society is a Homecare Service for Laois people who are living with Dementia. The day to day needs of people are looked after by the society who also assist in making life more enjoyable for their families.

The local branch holds Social Clubs on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 2.30-4.30pm for people with Dementia and their carers.

“This is a very relaxed informal event where activities, fun and chat can be shared over a cup of tea.  We have started going On Tour with our Social Club so check local press notes for updates,” Ms Byrne said.

On Thursday 28th June 2018 they will pay a visit to Ballard Lodge Nursing Home, Borris Road, Portlaoise from 2.30pm – 4.30pm.

The local branch’s Family Support Club in on the third Wednesday of every month between 7.30 and 9pm in the Old Parochial House, Portlaoise.  The support group is for family carers to get together, share their stories, get advice and give support to others in a similar situation.

For any information on dementia contact Ann Munnelly on 057 866 3398/086 8372168, Home-care Coordinator Old Parochial House, Dublin Road Portlaoise Co Laois, or email laois.branch@alzheimer.ie

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