On Sunday 20th September, I was honoured to be invited along as Guest Speaker at the Town Break Ladies Lunch in The Golden Lion Hotel in Stirling. The event was hosted by Town Break Dementia Support Services Stirling, a charity which provides person-centred services to support people with dementia and their carers. The service started in 1992 with the provision of a Drop-In Centre running just one day a week. It now offers a Coffee Club, Day Club, Befriending Service, Dementia Therapies and Friendship Group.
As people started to arrive, they received a glass of Prosecco and were greeted with some beautiful music provided by a young boy playing guitar and a young girl playing the violin. There were various stalls at the event and, as well as being the Guest Speaker, I was permitted to have a stall where I could display my Ellie resources. This also gave me a great opportunity to introduce myself and chat to everyone present. So many people who I spoke to either had a relative with dementia or knew someone affected by it, and it was interesting to hear their stories. They all agreed that it is vital to educate children about the condition, even from an early age, and praised me for the work that I am doing.
After lunch (which was absolutely delicious!) it was time for me to make my speech. “Stay off the Prosecco”, my husband had said to me when he dropped me off, “you know how emotional you get after a couple of glasses”. So I did as he said, and I still managed to bubble near the end of my speech. I still find it so very hard to talk about my Mum, but at the same time, I just can’t not mention her, as she is the reason I am doing what I do. That aside, everyone enjoyed it and found it very touching. The afternoon continued with games, a raffle draw and more music provided by Stuart Clyde who was very entertaining on the keyboard.
It was a great event and a huge success for Town Break as they raised over £1000 for their cause. I had a fantastic day raising awareness of what I am doing, and I made some worthwhile contacts. I would love the opportunity to give more speeches, so if anyone knows of any organisations who may like to invite me along as their Guest Speaker, I would be more than delighted.