Vincents hosts cupcakes and a chat for charity
Dementia Friendly law firm is raising money for Alzheimer’s Society
Vincents Solicitors in Lytham is raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society by taking part in its National Cupcake Day event. The law firm is holding a whole week of coffee and cake mornings, 10am to 12noon, at its office in Park Street from Monday June 10th to Friday June 14th.
Clients and members of the local community are invited to come along from 10am to 12noon for a chat and a cupcake, a small donation to the charity is optional. In addition to the fundraising, organisers hope guests will enjoy the companionship and take the chance to find out how they can become more ‘dementia friendly’.
The event is being organised by Zoe Fleming, private client solicitor and a fully trained Dementia Friend. Raising money for Alzheimer’s and encouraging older people to get out and about and make new friends are two causes very close to her heart.
She said: “The Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity funding research into this devastating disease. They are fighting for greater awareness, improved care provision, and helping the wider community to better understand and interact with people suffering from dementia.
“Sadly many people will be touched by dementia in some way, but there are lots of things the rest of us can do to help. Raising money for the charity is one, and becoming a Dementia Friend is another.
“The Alzheimer’s Society hopes that by educating people about the illness we can create a more Dementia Friendly society where sufferers are better understood, respected and supported.”
Since qualifying as Dementia Friend, Zoe is in the process of training all staff at each of Vincents’ five offices across Lancashire. She added: “As a Dementia Friendly company we will make sure all of our staff understand how to recognise the illness and what simple things they can do to help clients feel more comfortable, whether that means providing home visits or making sure they have a loved one present.
“What’s also important to people with a diagnosis is that we can help to protect themselves and their families by planning ahead. Many people
retain capacity for a long time before the disease really takes hold, so they have time to plan for their future care. We work with people at all stages of the illness to help them nominate someone to make decisions through a Lasting Power of Attorney, and to ensure their Will reflects their most recent circumstances.”
Anyone living with dementia, or with worries about a friend or family member with the disease, is also welcome to drop in to the Cupcake Week event for an informal discussion about the legal support they might need.
Lytham Post Office staff have also pledged their support and will be baking cakes for the Vincents event. Any cakes left over at the end of each day will be donated to local care homes. If you would like to receive the cakes please contact Zoe direct on 01253 773 377.
Pictured: Zoe Fleming is hosting a week-long National Cupcake Day fundraiser for The Alzheimer’s Society June 10-14.