Dementia awareness

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A Sheffield nursing home held a Dementia Friends Balloon Release, to raise awareness of those living with Dementia.

Staff and residents of Belmont House Nursing Home wrote personal messages about their own experiences or interactions with Dementia, which they attached to the 30 balloons before releasing them.

Nik Brear

Nik Brear

In the days that followed, staff received messages from people who had discovered the balloons - including a family in Wales who found a bundle in their garden.

Home Manager Kyra Travis said: “We received a message from a woman called Danielle in Wales, which said: ‘I thought you might like to know some of the balloons you let off reached our house in Wales! My son is thoroughly enjoying playing with them this morning. We live in a village called llansantffraid and our house is in the middle of fields, it’s lovely how they’ve reached this far.’

“We also got another message from someone in Cheshire; we were thrilled with how well the event went.”

Staff were joined on the day by pupils from St Ann’s Catholic Primary School in Stocksbridge and local charity group Valley React, which supports those battling loneliness and depression. As well as writing their own balloon messages, the pupils and members of the public took the time to look around the nursing home and meet some of its residents.

Kyra added: “We regularly hold these awareness events and were thrilled to have so many new faces at Belmont House this time.

“We work hard at building community links and relationships and think it’s important to have a strong presence; we really appreciate the community’s support.”