Tea dance brings smiles to faces of elderly in Portsmouth

MORE than 60 people turned out to make a tea dance in aid of a dementia charity a success.

Tuesday, 4th June 2019, 2:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th June 2019, 7:53 pm

The event was held at St Philip’s Church Hall, in Hawthorn Crescent, Cosham, on Tuesday.

It had been organised by Bluebird Care and Solent Mind in conjunction with mental health charity Remind, Dementia Action Alliance and Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

It was put on to help elderly people in Portsmouth and scores of businesses pitched in with donations of food, money, and time to make the day special.

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Bernadette Mills, MD at Bluebird Care, said: ‘At Bluebird Care we were astounded by the turnout of more than 65 people.

‘We had to lay out more tables!

‘It was a great success for the Dementia Action Alliance Portsmouth.

‘We had our own customers there, but also people who are carers for their partners and often they are at a loss socialising.

‘We had help from day centre group Cedar House who ferried our guests in their bus.

‘There were several residents from care homes who joined us.

‘Daniella, the community liaison manager from Asda, helped us out with lots of cakes and food donations.

‘It was a great success. Portsmouth has an amazing community spirit and occasions like this show that.’

The event was held during Dementia Action Awareness week.

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