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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.
Wheelchair user Patricia Burnett, 73, has been reduced to tears, and left feeling helpless and frustrated by what she claims is poor care provided by Better Healthcare Services.
Her string of grievances include alleging that one carer failed to turn up, others do not know what they are supposed to do and leave without helping her, some turn up too early, and others are not properly trained.
After months of dissatisfaction, Miss Burnett decided to go public this week after breaking down when she said a new carer had not listened to her, handled her roughly and left her in discomfort.
North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and boxing legend Frank Bruno team up to help young people with mental health problems
It is a cause close to both their hearts, and now a former Government minister and a boxing legend are teaming up to support young people with mental health problems.
Mr Lamb has contacted Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson to promote the initiative following a meeting with Mr Bruno in North Walsham last week.
He is hoping it may be possible for 15-17 year olds involved in National Citizen Service to support the work of the proposed foundation.
“I know Frank quite well through our previous joint action on mental health,” said Mr Lamb.
“We have worked together on a number of things and I have a high regard for him. He has been very open speaking about his mental health challenges.