A cheque presentation for £486.81 was made to Sian Neville of the Alzheimer’s Society during morning assembly at St Bartholomew’s School. The money was raised by the Archie Council, a group of children at the school who are a dementia awareness group run by Mrs Alice Samuel. The youngsters visited the Orchards Care Home on several occasions and helped the residents with craft activities and tree decorating at Christmas and at Easter. Sammie Lloyd, entertainment co-ordinator from the Orchards who is also treasurer of Crewkerne Dementia Action Alliance, supported and prepared the children on how to converse with the residents. She has also visited the Archie Council at school and helped them to plan activities, which included the sponsored dance that was attended by some of the residents who joined in dancing and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Head Teacher Mrs Gemma Coward said at the morning assembly: “The children in the Archie Council are brilliant representatives of our school. They have built up trust, shown compassion and learnt to wait and listen when conversing with the residents of the Orchards Care Home, which shows real respect and is all rooted in love.” Children in the Archie Council agreed that it was lovely to spend time with the residents, helping them to enjoy memories and nice to see the smiles on their faces.
Sian Neville, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society in Dorset and Somerset said: “We are extremely grateful to the pupils at St Bartholomew’s CE First School for the time and energy they put into their fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society. It’s also fantastic to see them taking steps to better understand dementia and getting involved in projects in the local community, by visiting the Orchards Care Home. We’re facing an incredible challenge: one person every three minutes develops dementia and there is no cure. We’re here to change that but we need more people to join us as we take on dementia together. You can make a difference, like the children at St Bartholomew’s School, and unite against dementia by hosting your own fundraising event or becoming an Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friend.”