Tibbs Dementia Foundation had two very special volunteers at its Stride-Out for Memory event on Saturday (7 October) in Priory Country Park.
Mohammad Yasin, MP for Bedford and Kempston – who also did a shift as a car-park attendant on the promise of being upgraded to marshal next year – was joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Susan Lousada who was responsible for the klaxon count-down.
The fun-filled event was espeically for families living with dementia and friends, from across the county.
Welcoming people to the event, Mohammed Yasin, who is part of the House of Commons, All-Party Group on Adult Social Care, congratulated Tibbs on all the work it does to support local families living with dementia.
He mentioned his recent visit to the award-winning Tibbs Allotment at Mile Road, while the Lord Lieutenant described Tibbs Dementia Foundation as “a jewel in Bedfordshire’s crown”.
With over 250 people, dancing, walking, singing, playing tombola and picnicking in the October sunshine, it made for a wonderfully memorable day.
The Bedford Hospital Radio team provided the soundtrack to the day and the Area Community Safety Officer and the Specialist Dementia Adviser from Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service took the opporutnity to tell families about the Dementia ‘Safety First’ Home Safety visits they undertake, providing re-assurance and helping carers of people living with dementia, recognise and deal with potential hazards in the home.
The first group of Tibbs walkers completed the course in just 35 minutes, 10 minutes quicker than last year, with officials joking that it must have been the late summer sunshine, shimmering on the lake, that spurred them all on.
If you have a friend or family member who is affected by memory loss or dementia and want to find out more about the activities and support services that Tibbs provides, please email email@example.com or call 01234 210993.