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Hundreds of hand-made flowers are set to decorate the streets of Malvern

Over 500 knitted blue Forget Me Not Flowers will soon decorate the streets in a bid to help Malvern become more dementia friendly.

 

Malvern Hills District Council recently appealed for keen knitters to create as many flowers as they could for the Alzheimer Society’s Dementia Friends campaign, altogether over 500 flowers were hand knitted and donated by generous members of the public.

 

The pretty woollen flowers will be placed around Barnards Green and Great Malvern Town Centre from Tuesday 9 May in preparation for National Dementia Awareness Week – which runs from 14 to 20 May, as an innovative and visual way of raising awareness of Dementia Friends. 

 

The flower is the symbol of the Dementia Friends campaign, which aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition.

 

The council are encouraging people to find a knitted flower and become a Dementia Friend by attending one of the free sessions detailed on the flower.

 

Those who take part in a session will gain a better understanding of the condition, know how to act more sympathetically towards people living with dementia and contribute to helping Malvern become a more dementia friendly community.

 

The one hour Dementia Friends sessions will take place in the Council Chamber, Great Malvern on:

 

  • Wednesday 17 May – 10am
  • Thursday 18 May – 6pm

According to the Dementia UK report there are 1,486 people living with dementia in Malvern Hills District and that figure is set to increase dramatically over the next decade.

 

Rachel Vann, Physical Activity and Well-being Officer for Malvern Hills District Council said: “The response was overwhelming and we are really grateful for everyone who took part and spent their time knitting for an important campaign. We hope people will enjoy the colourful flowers on display and would encourage anyone to take a pretty flower home, attend a session, and become a dementia friend”.

 

Contact rachel.vann@malvernhills.gov.uk for more information.