On the 30th June 2012 Nicholls Law joined a number of other organisations in exhibiting at the Mickey Payne Memorial Foundation – Open Day for Dementia.
The Foundation aims to develop the capacity and skill of relatives/carers of individuals suffering with dementia, in such a way that they are able to identify and help meet their needs, while participating fully in society.
The event held in Benfleet, Essex was a resounding success. A number of key organisations that work within the dementia field around the Essex area exhibited on the day. As well as the general public attending, the day was opened by the Lord Mayor of Castle Point. Local media and MP’s were also in attendance.
Nicholls Law were one of the guest speakers invited to talk about dementia related services. We had an afternoon slot, where we presented on the topics of Powers of Attorney, Trusts and Wills.
Caroline Dearson who set the Foundation up in honour of her late father – Mickey Payne, commented “that the day could not have gone any better from the Foundations aspect”.
The facts when it comes to dementia make pretty sobering reading:
- Dementia affects 820,000 people in the UK
- Within the UK population 25 million have a close friend or family member suffering from dementia
- As well as the huge personal cost, dementia costs the UK economy £23 billion a year, more than cancer and heart disease combined
- There will be over a million people with dementia by 2021
- There are 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK
We desperately need organisations like the Mickey Payne Memorial Foundation to raise awareness of this debilitating disease, while also keeping dementia very much in the spotlight when it comes to the general public.
Nicholls Law very much looks forward to working closely with the Foundation on their forthcoming projects in the future.
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