Bowls tournament to raise funds for dementia support

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:00 14 March 2019

Member of Nailsea Bowls Club, Brian Powell, is organising a bowling tournament to raise money for the memory café.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Member of Nailsea Bowls Club, Brian Powell, is organising a bowling tournament to raise money for the memory café. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A keen bowler from Nailsea is holding a charity tournament to raise money for a dementia charity.

Brian Powell has organised an indoor bowls competition in aid of Memories At The Barn which helps his mother-in-law.

The charity cup is taking place at Mizzymead Recreation Centre on April 7 and Brian is appealing for people to sign up in aid of the worthy cause.

He said: “It’s a really important charity because it doesn’t just help people with dementia, but it also helps their families and carers.

“The charity also does lots of other activities like singing and games.

“Dementia is something we are all going to face as we get older and live longer so I wanted to raise some money to help the charities already supporting people who have it.”

Brian’s mother-in-law Joy attends the Memories At The Barn group at the tithe barn in Nailsea.

His wife also benefits from the support as she cares for Joy.

Memories At The Barn is run by the Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust and it provides free access to dementia-friendly activities including The Memory Café, Music and Memories and Silver Screen Memories.

The café also offers a support group for those caring for someone living with dementia.

Brian’s daughter Ella Jarrett took part in the Bristol Half Marathon last year to raise money for charity.

More: Cash boost for invaluable dementia support in Nailsea.

The charity cup will run from 9am-4pm and bowlers are invited to take part or go along to watch and support the competitors.

Brian added: “All monies raised are going to help dementia sufferers in the local community at the memory cafe’ at Nailsea’s tithe barn.

“Their co-ordinators and fully trained volunteers offer free support, advice and activities for dementia sufferers and their carers which include, meeting in a safe social space to talk and have fun with opportunities in music, games, choir, old films via the silver screen to mention but a few.

“Dementia is a very cruel progressive disease, the journey is frightening, stressful and socially isolating. They need all your help and support.”

People can donate to the charity on the day, or at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/BowlsCharityCup

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