A group of around 40 toddlers, parents and childminders this week embarked on a ‘Toddle for Dementia’ walk in Toft, Cambridgeshire, along with residents from Home Meadow residential home.
The ‘Little Owls’ toddler group meet at Home Meadow residential home every week and spend the day with the residents. Having been building close relationships with the residents, childminders Natalie Jackson and Amanda Strong decided to organise the ‘Toddle for Dementia’ walk in a bid to raise awareness of dementia and the Alzheimer’s Society.
The walk took place on Wednesday and took in a circuit of the village, around the country lanes. In the process over £190 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Natalie Jackson, one of the childminders of the Little Owls pre-school children said: “We have been visiting Home Meadow care home for some time now and have met some truly wonderful people living with dementia. We decided to organise a ‘Toddle for Dementia’ walk with the children during the summer holidays to help raise awareness of this cruel disease.
“My colleague Amanda and I are also doing a 6km Memory Walk in Peterborough on 24th September to raise further donations, and to help do our bit towards helping in the fight against dementia. We were delighted to host a mini version of the Memory Walk with our toddlers this week, so they too could get involved and support the home and the charity.”
Joe Ballard, activities coordinator at Home Meadow added: “Thank you to everyone who came along and joined in. We are delighted to have raised £190 for the charity and to see so many children interacting with our residents. The weather was kind to us and the sun came out as we walked around the village – we are grateful to everyone for their time, donations and energy!”
Natalie Jackson has set-up a JustGiving donation page for those interested in donating: HERE