Butterflies win the Charity of the Month
Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group are Charity of the month for June
Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group was set up by June Cooke in 2010 after her father, George, was diagnosed with dementia in 2008. She found there were services and support available for the individual diagnosed with the condition, but very little for their families and those closest to them and limited access to groups which welcomed both.
Having gained vast knowledge of dementia during her time with the project, she took the step to establish Butterflies. Since then, the group has continued to grow and currently has around 80 members. They enjoy monthly social gatherings, singing, walking, community events, day trips and support for them and their families. In conjunction with the Methodist Homes Association, Butterflies also runs a weekly luncheon club for gentlemen who feel isolated - 80 per cent of those in the group have been diagnosed with dementia.
June commented that Butterflies also provides workshops for carers to help them develop ways of coping with the challenges they face. Whether you have dementia, or you care for someone who has dementia, Butterflies are here to help you and guide you through your journey. Dementia is progressive can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, and is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or vascular disease. This can be a daunting time. In the UK, dementia affects more than 830,000 people and about 23 million people have a close friend or family member with dementia.
Dementia more commonly occurs in those over the age of 65. However, there are 40,000 younger people with dementia in the UK.
The number of people diagnosed with dementia is expected to rise to one million by 2025 and two million by 2051. You are not alone. We are here to support you and walk alongside you on your journey.
Graham Carter, Head of Lending at Beverley Building Society is pictured with June Cooke from Butterflies.