Local dementia patients along with their families, carers and friends, recently joined for a ‘Seeds of Kindness’ event, to help raise much-needed awareness of those who care for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and make Macclesfield an even more dementia-friendly community.
An Acer tree of remembrance was planted by Cllr Steve Edgar and local MP, David Rutley and a time capsule containing messages from local people affected by dementia, as well as members of Tytherington Family Worship Church, was also buried. The time capsule will be dug up in 2079, on the 100th anniversary of the church, by which time it is hoped that a cure for dementia may have been developed.
All those who attended also received a free gift of a pack of forget-me-not seeds. Attendees are encouraged to plant the seeds, symbolically helping to sow ‘seeds of kindness’ and increase awareness of what more local people can do to support this important cause.
The event was part of the wider local ‘Walk a mile in my Shoes’ group’s effort to raise awareness of dementia. Founded by three local dementia carers and residents, Jean Atherton, Pam Jagger, and Gill Lancaster, the initiative encourages local residents to recognise the need to be supportive of those with this condition.