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Dementia advisers hit the road in Vietnam for Alzheimer's Society

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

By Nick Webster, health reporter

  • Caroline with a local in Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Caroline Stone and Andy Cowan fundraising for Alzheimer's Society

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Dementia support workers from Gloucestershire have cycled across Vietnam and Cambodia to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The 400 mile cycle by three friends Caroline Stone, Andy Cowan and Dave Jones joined other riders in the trip from Hoi Chi Ming City across the Mekong Delta and into Cambodia; finishing the challenge at Angkor Watt.

The group raised £3,000 to help the Alzheimer’s Society to continue to support people and their families living with dementia.

Caroline said: “It was a true adventure winding our way through the tangled jungle paths.

“The heat and humidity was intense which added to cocktail of experiences we will never forget. Reaching the great temples in Angkor Watt was an emotional end to our wonderful but exhausting fusion of culture.

“For many of us it was a life changing opportunity to explore our own lives and to think about those people we had chosen to support in our fund raising event.”

One in three people over 65 will develop dementia.

Throughout May, Alzheimer’s Society Memory Cafes are the place to go for anyone affected by and living with dementia or worried about dementia.

Across the county, each different cafe offers anyone in need of support, a safe and understanding monthly meeting.

A dementia adviser will be on hand to talk to, and a team of volunteers and group facilitator ensure that everyone is made to feel welcome and included.

Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, for help call 0300 222 1122 or visit alzheimers.org.uk.

Cheltenham Memory Café

Municipal Offices Pittville Room, Promenade, GL50 9SA

Held on Tuesday May 13th , 10.30am - 12.30pm

Gloucester Memory Café

Agriculture House, Greville Close, Sandhurst Lane, Gloucester GL2 9RG

Held on Wednesday May 14th , 11.30am – 2.00pm

Stonehouse Memory Café

Stonehouse Community Centre, Laburnum Walk, GL10 2NS

Held on Thursday May 15th, 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Forest Memory Café

Taurus Crafts, The Old Park, Lydney, GL15 6BU

Held on Thursday May 29th, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Cirencester Memory Café

Holy Trinity Church Hall, Trinity Road, GL7 1JR

Held on Fridays May 16th, 10.00am - 12.00pm

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