Lack of nurses in Norfolk for dementia prompts appeal


The Wymondham Dementia Support Group

Dianne Fernee, organiser of the Wymondham Dementia Support Group, with some of the knitted and crochet forget me knots she is collecting, hoping to get 17,000, one for each person living with dementia in Norfolk. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Wymondham Dementia Support Group has launched an appeal to get together 17,000 knitted and crocheted forget-me-nots, one for every person in Norfolk living with dementia.

The group’s organiser, Dianne Fernee, said the campaign was to highlight the lack of Admiral nurses, who are specialists in dementia.

Mrs Fernee said: “Admiral nurses are a lifeline for people with dementia, but there are only two of them serving 17,000 people, which isn’t nearly enough.

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