Mayor opens new dementia trust unit

The Mayor and Mayoress Councillor Geoff and Jean Almond with Coun Hargreaves, centre
The Mayor and Mayoress Councillor Geoff and Jean Almond with Coun Hargreaves, centre

A NEW organisation for sufferers and carers of people with dementia in St Helens has been officially opened.

The Hargreaves Dementia Trust, a registered charity, founded last year by the then Mayor, Coun Tom Hargreaves, was officially launched by the Mayor of St Helens, Coun Geoff Almond.

Coun Hargreaves, who was at the launch, said: “I am sure everyone will agree this is a most worthy cause. This illness cannot at some times be realised by the person - more so by families and friends.

“It needs a lot of love and understanding so that all involved can deal with the situation they find themselves in, and make life as pleasant as possible at a very difficult time. There is much that can be done to make life as comfortable and bearable as possible.

“The first thing is to learn how to deal with the very quick change that occurs in a person’s lifestyle. When someone you love is diagnosed with dementia it is devastating to be informed there is no reversal. Dementia changes one’s way of life.

“Once you have understood the illness and all that it entails, you have to take a positive attitude and not let it get you down. Those affected find inner strength to cope and seek ways to make life as comfortable and happy as possible.

“I also know that once you have accepted this dreadful illness, above all, underneath is still the same person. The most important thing is to have the right carer, and keep as many friends as possible. As we all know, a problem shared is a problem halved.”

The Trust was the subject of Councillor Hargreaves Mayor’s Appeal which raised more than £18,000.