A number of famous faces with personal experience of dementia in their family including Prue Leith, Trinny Woodall, Georgia Kousoulo and hairdresser to the stars, Sam McKnight have all given their social media support to Dementia UK’s first-ever Time For a Cuppa Together UK-wide virtual tea party.
Actor Cathy Shipton (who famously played Casualty fan favourite Duffy who had been diagnosed with young-onset dementia) also took part in the campaign.
They have recently helped to raise awareness of the vital work of Admiral Nurses who are supporting families during this testing time.
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, to help them face dementia with more confidence and less fear.
All the stars got behind the first Time for a Cuppa Together event with lots of ounces of passion and commitment. Cathy Shipton ate a cake live whilst someone was virtually busking alongside her on Instagram for the eggs-tra special occasion, whilst Trinny Woodall and Georgia Kousoulo got involved with their own live tea parties.
Prue Leith commented on the challenges of caring for someone with dementia in one of her posts, she said:
“My mum had dementia and the worst years were the first ones when she was pretending she was fine but secretly knew her memory was going.”
Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO at Dementia UK, said:
“Families with dementia can feel particularly isolated, now more than ever. When normal support networks have closed down, our Helpline Nurses are imparting invaluable emotional support and practical advice.
“We are so grateful to all the celebri-teas who got involved with Time for a Cuppa Together. Their support will allow more Helpline Nurses to help families through these uncertain times.”
Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline has experienced a surge in calls during the pandemic, with carers and people with dementia reporting that they feel overwhelmed and do not know who to turn to. The Helpline is there for anyone living and supporting someone with dementia.
If you would like to receive additional advice and support, please visit Dementia UK’s online hub around coronavirus: https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/coronavirus-covid-19/.