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MCF assist Action on Dementia Sunderland


March 2019

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master John Thompson met up with the Action on Dementia Sunderland (ADS) group at one of their weekly lunch club meetings, this one held at the Chesters Pub in Sunderland on Tuesday 26th March 2019. John was armed with a cheque for £5000 awarded to them from the Masonic Charitable Foundation to assist them in their valuable work in helping support people with dementia and their carers specifically within the boundaries of Sunderland.


The establishment of the group in 2010 , after a public meeting was felt to be necessary in view of the fact that the national organisation was disbanding its Sunderland branch, leaving the area short of the help felt to be needed. As an independent charity 100% of all monies raised are used directly in the assistance of care for sufferers and their carers.


Local freemasons are heavily involved within the group giving up their time and effort in the organisation of weekly lunch meetings, outings on a monthly basis and three Memory Cafes across the City. Help is also supported within the Sunderland Royal Hospital.


Dementia is a condition that can affect anyone regardless of background, education, lifestyle or status. While it is true that the majority of people with dementia are over 65 it is not normally a part of getting older. The likelihood of developing dementia rises with age but it is not a given that an older person will develop it . In the UK 40,000 people under the age of 65 have dementia.



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