Tea Day to brew up some golden moments for home carers

IF, as the advertisement says, every day should have its golden moments, then May 5 has the potential to host more than a few for carers of dementia patients.

The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland yesterday launched its Lyons Tea Day calling on people to down tools and support signed-up Tea Day hosts when breaking for elevenses.

“If we all take time for a cuppa ... we can give carers a break,” was the message from the society, which hopes to raise over €600,000 on national Tea Day.

The plan is to sign up more than 2,500 hosts - whether in private homes, workplaces or in the community - each of whom will host a tea break and donate money raised toward the development of dementia-specific supports and services to people with dementia, and to their carers and families.

Alzheimer Lyons Tea Day also aims to highlight the contribution made by carers, of which there are an estimated 22,000 in the community, looking after 34,000 people with Alzheimers or related dementia. Monies raised through Tea Day will benefit the local community.

Maurice O’Connell, chief executive of the society, said carers needed far more support in the full-time job of looking after dementia patients in the family home.

“An important part of giving carers a break is providing them with access to dementia-specific supports and services - such as suitably qualified home support services and appropriate day care and respite Care services - within their local community.

“Monies raised through Tea Day allow the society to continue to deliver and expand our vital services through our local branch network and 30 centres throughout the country.”

David Gillick, who recently delighted Irish fans by winning gold in the 400m event at the European Indoor Championships in Madrid also took part in yesterday’s launch.

“Having a demanding regime and huge responsibilities myself, I can, in a small way, appreciate how much carers need to have a break now and then to recharge their batteries,” he said.

“I hope that everyone will get involved on May 5, because if all of us do even a little to support carers, together it will all add up to a lot,” he said.

It’s easy to get involved in Tea Day. Just register as a Tea Day Host by phoning 1850 931 931 and you’ll receive a Lyons Tea Party Pack. Then all you have to do is pop on the kettle on May 5 and get brewing.

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