You’ve saved our Dementia Gardening Group

Monday, 7 March 2016

Our Dementia gardening group has been saved, in a large part in thanks to the support of Southampton’s Southern Daily Echo, it’s readers and local footballing legend Lawrie McMenemy who backed the campaign.

In January, we launched an emergency appeal for funds to save the dementia group, which was threatened by closure due to a lack of financial resources. It would have been a devastating blow for many of the people who attend the group with dementia, many of which see the group as a lifeline.

Richard Baritt, Cheif Executive of Solent Mind has said of the appeal  ‘We’ve been overwhelmed by the unprecedented generosity shown to us by the Southern Daily Echo and its readers. Thanks to you, we can continue to keep the Forget Me Not gardening group running for people in Southampton with dementia.’

The £10,000 raised over the course of February was publicised extensively by the Southern Daily Echo, broadcast on Wave 105 and on That’s Solent TV. We received incredible support from the public to keep the group running. There were significant donations from the Barker-Mill Foundation, Rotarians, SECT and The Masonic Societies for which we are so grateful for, which have enabled us to reach our target and save the group.

Rachel Hampton, Mayfield Nurseries Manager has said ‘We’re thrilled the Forget Me Not group has been saved, it will mean so much for the people we see week in, week out. Thank you to everyone who supported us.’

Thanks to you, the Forget Me Not group can now look forward to a bright future and can continue to provide pivotal help for people with dementia and their carers.