Emergency Forget Me Not Appeal

The Forget Me Not Gardening Group will close at the end of February unless we are able to raise £10,000. We urgently need your support run this vital group.

Recent estimates suggest that there are over 2,300 people suffering in Southampton from dementia. The incurable disease not only affects people’s ability to think and feel, as it progresses it inhibits the ability to perform basic tasks.

The Forget Me Not Gardening Group offers hope to people with dementia and their carers. It helps people to cope with the realities of living with dementia, and their fears. Through the regular exercise, focus and community the group provides, dramatic improvements have been seen in people’s lives.

David was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, a form of Dementia when he was just 52. His diagnosis was a big blow, and he found the Forget Me Nots Group at Mayfields, he hasn’t looked back since. With the support of volunteers, David does different things every week, from potting plants up, to making things for sale in the garden centre.

Debbie his wife says: “He always comes home with new stories of things they have done, people he has met, conversations he has had. It’s different company to him, he has laughs with everyone, and even customers have got to know him. These people do an amazing job. They are always there for a chat, advice and support. It can be hard work, but it is all done with the love they have for helping the sufferers and their families.”

The Forget Me Not Group is one a handful of specialist groups for people in Southampton with dementia, and is run by volunteers and one expert paid staff member. Funding for the group has come to an end, and unless we’re able to raise £10,000, it will close.

Please give whatever you can Please donate here or call 023 8044 7743