Dementia UK raises vital funds for the leading cause of death in the UK

Shefali Saxena Thursday 02nd May 2024 03:00 EDT

Someone develops dementia every three minutes in the UK – that’s the time it takes to boil a kettle. This May, Dementia UK, the specialist dementia nursing charity, is inviting the nation to make Time for a Cuppa. The charity’s dementia specialist Admiral Nurses, provides life-changing advice and support to anyone affected by dementia. However, with rising numbers of families impacted by the condition, thousands of people are not getting the support they need. 


Between 1st  – 8th May, Dementia UK is encouraging people across the country to get together at home, at work, or in the local community to host a Time for a Cuppa event to help the charity continue delivering vital support to families with dementia.  


Friends, families, and neighbours can come together to enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake in return for a donation to the charity. Every cuppa poured and penny raised will help the charity grow the number of specialist dementia nurses so more families can access their support.   


Over the past 14 years, Time for a Cuppa has raised over £1,600,000 which has helped to fund numerous Admiral Nurse services around the UK to support families with dementia. 

Sunita Devi, Diverse Admiral Nurse Lead at Black Country Health NHS Trust, told Asian Voice, “A 2022 study showed that the number of people from a South Asian background living with dementia is set to increase by 600 per cent within the next three decades, but we know this community is less likely to get access to treatment and support when diagnosed. This is why events like Time for a Cuppa are so important as they raise awareness of dementia and the support available. Dementia UK’s Time for a Cuppa event also enables the charity to continue building the number of dementia specialist Admiral Nurses to reach more families who urgently need support.”


Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO of Dementia UK said, “One in two of us will be affected by dementia in our lifetime. Either by caring for someone with the condition, developing it ourselves, or both. It is a huge and growing health crisis. We believe every family affected by dementia should have the support of a specialist nurse – but right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. By taking part in Time for a Cuppa, you can help us recruit more Admiral Nurses which provide a lifeline to families. Although there is no cure for dementia, there is care.” 

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