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Memory box gift from Society team makes a present of the past

Pictured, back row L-R, are Gary Brook, Alfie Penfold, Daniel Kamdem-Barnes, Aman Singh, Nikki Marsh and Jackie Mungovin.  Pictured, front row L-R, are Tim Steere, Richard Rothwell and Ellen Hamilton.

Pictured, back row L-R, are Gary Brook, Alfie Penfold, Daniel Kamdem-Barnes, Aman Singh, Nikki Marsh and Jackie Mungovin.

Pictured, front row L-R, are Tim Steere, Richard Rothwell and Ellen Hamilton.

Memory boxes assembled by colleagues from our Communications and Digital team are making a present of the past for people with dementia.

 

The team chose a variety of themes including the 50th anniversary of England winning the 1966 World Cup, The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, home economics, sport in Leeds, music and crafts.

Their aim was to stimulate memories for people living with dementia by bringing together items in the boxes which may hold special significance for that person. The boxes were delivered to Armley Grange Day Centre in Leeds, which is run by the Alzheimer’s Society to support younger people living with dementia.

Helen Byrne, the centre’s community and day support deputy manager, said: “The boxes are fantastic! We can’t thank the Leeds team enough, they have done brilliantly! All kinds of pictures and bits of pieces from each era are packed inside - even including vinyl records which we are playing, and old sweets like sherbet dips and rainbow drops. They have brought back wonderful memories for our members, including things like street parties and baking cakes for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.”