On Friday 6th July, Progress Lifeline joined other local organisations at a Dementia Awareness event held at the Hallmark Hotel, Leyland, and organised by the Leyland Lions.

The event aimed to:

  • increase understanding of dementia

  • discuss how people can live well with dementia

  • highlight a range of services available across South Ribble and Lancashire to support people affected by dementia

The event, opened by the Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor John Rainsbury, attracted some high calibre speakers including:

  • Morecambe Bay CCG Dementia Lead - Dr Sam Jebur, who discussed the clinical aspects of dementia and living well with dementia.


  • Senior Commissioning Officer at Morecambe Bay CCG - Miriam Baird, who provided an overview of local dementia services and how schemes such as ‘John’s campaign’ and the ‘Butterfly Scheme’ can help people with dementia feel less anxious, and more comfortable and understood when they are in hospital.



  • Simon McDermott - one half of the inspirational duo ‘Song a Minute Man’ from Blackburn - told his family's deeply moving story and illustrated how social media, used for good causes, can unite people all across the world.




  • Wendy Mitchell, author of the extraordinary Alzheimer’s memoir ‘Somebody I Used to Know’, held the room rapt when speaking about her dementia journey which included how she:
    • learned to appreciate life all over again
    • discovered how to 'live in the moment' and,
    • challenges the devastating diagnosis of dementia with humour, group support, education and communication.

The emotional accounts and the results of the above initiatives, which includes thousands of pounds raised for the Alzheimer’s Society, created an overwhelmingly positive and unifying feel to the day.

Hitting the right note

The uplifting atmosphere was further boosted by the fantastic ‘dementia choir’ who performed songs such as ‘Summertime’, ‘Don’t Worry’ and ‘Zipadeedoodah’ and had the audience singing along and dancing in the aisle!


 Choir 1


The choir was made up of members of Skylarks community choir from Chorley, who sing for health, wellbeing and enjoyment, and the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Singing for the Brain’ group.


 Choir 2


The event was well attended by members of the public, families and carers, and professionals with an interest in dementia.

Progress Lifeline, Lancashire provider of personal pendant alarms, telecare sensors and emergency home response, was joined by Sporting Memories, South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance, Age Concern Lancashire, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Chorley’s Angels, South Ribble Borough Council and the Alzheimer’s Society North West – who all provided information, advice and guidance about their services which support those living with dementia in Lancashire.

An important message shared at the dementia awareness event came from Wendy Mitchell’s powerful talk: 

“Someone with dementia is still the same person - with the same talents they had before dementia. We want to be spoken to like anyone else would; with respect, patience and kindness. We are simply people.” Wendy Mitchell

Wendy Mitchell

The Leyland and Cuerden Valley Lions Club have been operating in South Ribble, Lancashire for over 40 years and fundraise for a number of worthy local causes and charities across South Ribble. They are part of the world’s largest service organisation, Lions Clubs International, working to help those less fortunate.

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The Leyland Lions provide the ‘Message in a Bottle’ scheme, well known by the Emergency Services across Lancashire. Find out more here