Orbit residents raise over £250 for Dementia UK

Orbit residents raise an incredible £266.51 for Dementia UK’s Time for a Cuppa event.

Last month, Orbit residents were sprinkling the final bits of icing sugar on their cakes and drying off their mugs for Dementia UK’s Time for a Cuppa event.

Orbit’s Independent Living Schemes hosted several tea parties across the country, where attendees were invited to bake their own or buy cakes to sell, with all proceedings going towards Dementia UK.

Orbit residents managed to raise an incredible £266.51 for families in the UK to get the emotional and practical lifeline of a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse.

The fundraising events took place across Orbit developments in Southam, Rugby, Coventry and Ipswich between Friday 6th March and Friday 13th March. As well as cake and coffee, the events also involved singing, sampling old fashioned sweets, guess the song games, tombola and a raffle.   

Time for a Cuppa 2020 brings together colleagues, neighbours, friends and family over a cuppa and some cake – while raising money for more dementia specialist Admiral Nurses, who give life-changing support to families facing dementia.

Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, they work alongside families affected by dementia, giving them the compassionate one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions, that help families face dementia with more confidence and less fear.

Orbit’s Director of Independent Living, Tony Clark, said: “We’re really excited to make Time for a Cuppa for Dementia UK. This event is all about spending time with the people who are close to you whilst also raising funds and awareness of the incredible work which Admiral Nurses do.

“A huge thanks to everyone who got involved in the events. We hope that the £266 our residents and staff raised will help more families access the vital support of an admiral nurse.”

Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO at Dementia UK, said: “Dementia can be so emotionally and practically challenging for families which is why the expertise of an Admiral Nurse is vital. Orbit has provided invaluable funds to help us reach our aim of being there for every family who needs us.”

Dementia UK currently has 279 Admiral Nurses working across various care settings, including out in the community, care homes, hospitals and hospices. The charity also has its Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline which is available to anyone with any questions around dementia via phone or email. There are currently not enough Admiral Nurses for the growing number of people with dementia.