MEMBERS from Droitwich Spa Meeting Centre, diagnosed with early-onset and moderate dementia, enjoyed a scenic canal trip on-board the ‘Pamela May’.
The centre, which supports people with dementia and their families, helped organise the trip as part of the nationwide ‘Dementia Action Week 2018’.
Local community services, such as AgeUK, Droitwich Spa CVS (community transport) and Droitwich Waterways Trust came together to make the day a big success.
The Pamela May was crewed by RYA qualified volunteers who safely steered members from Drotiwich Spa Marina to Vines Park.
Member Jeff Mayes said: “At first I was worried the trip would be a little tame for me because I used to be in the RAF.
“But I really enjoyed myself in the end.
“We went at a good pace and I think just coming out for the day has boosted my confidence.
“I have made friends with other members.
“They have become an extension of my family and that’s all thanks to the people involved in the meeting centre.”
Tony Rowley, Wychavon District Council chairman, also joined members on the barge.
“It’s all about creating nice atmospheres for people.
“The waters were calm, the sun was out and the trip was incredibly peaceful.
“I think it’s wonderful charities and trusts can get together to support disabled people in the local community.
“Droitwich Spa Marina is a stunning location and the management and staff there were easy to work with.”
Matt Nicol, Director at Nicol and Co Estate Agents, watched the Pamela May arrive and Droitwich Spa Marina.
He said: “At the moment, due to a lack of funding, the future of the meeting centre remains in doubt. We need public support to make sure wonderful days like this continue into next year.”
Visit www.ageuk.org.uk/herefordshireandworcestershire/get-involved/fundraising/ for ways to help keep the club going.