Apr 03, 2015
Saracens Dementia Club is launched
Saracens are to offer their support to a local dementia cafe that offers help and advice to carers and sufferers of Alzheimers.
Cllr Lisa Rutter, who was Mayor of the Borough of Barnet in 2011/12, has been running the successful Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café every month at Finchley Memorial Hospital for the past two years.
But now with the help of the Premiership rugby club, who are based at Allianz Park in Greenlands Lane, Hendon, the future of the café has been secured and will now run weekly from April 22 and moving forwards will be called The Saracens Dementia Club.
Cllr Rutter explained: “The Alzheimer’s Society was my chosen charity while I was Mayor and the money we raised helped set-up and run the café. But that money was running out so we are delighted that Saracens are now offering their support that will help us continue to run these valuable sessions for those suffering with Dementia while also offering support to their carers.”
The sessions aim to provide the person with Dementia and their carer information, gentle exercise and fun activities in a social atmosphere. Professional speakers attend the sessions while a GP is also in attendance to answer any concerns during discussions.
Cllr Rutter, who is a qualified fitness instructor, also leads the activities which includes dance, golf, basketball and skittles to name but a few.
She added: “These sessions have become very important for those who attend, not just in terms of the information and advice that we can offer but also just to make friends with people who know what they are going through and to also have some fun! With the support of Saracens, we will be able to run the Saracens Dementia Club every week and it will really improve the service we can offer.”
The Saracens Dementia Club will officially launch on Wednesday 1st April at Finchley Memorial Hospital from 2-4pm and from April 22 will hold weekly sessions at the hospital in Granville Road.
Saracens Stadium Director Gordon Banks said: “In a society that is experiencing significant increases in the number of people suffering from Dementia it is critical that we are able to support them, their families and carers. Saracens are committed to improving the lives of people within our community and the Saracens Dementia Club will provide a great platform for this.”