Pool ace launches dementia appeal

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Blackpool FC and England legend Jimmy Armfield has officially launched the latest appeal by Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.

Jimmy attended the Christmas fair at Clifton Hospital on Saturday, where he gave a speech about Blue Skies’ Peace of Mind appeal, raising money for enhanced dementia care across the Fylde Coast.

The appeal aims to raise £30,000, which will be spent on creating memory corridors and making getting about easier at hospital sites in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre for people with memory problems.

Funds will also go on building a new secure and interactive garden at Clifton Hospital where patients can enjoy calm surroundings outside of the hospital setting.

Helpless

Jimmy, said: “I have had family and friends who have suffered with dementia and I know it has left loved ones around feeling uncertain and helpless.

“Of late there has been some publicity given to the subject but I believe it needs to be addressed on a national basis, particularly as the population has increased and the fact that people are living longer.

“The truth is it can affect any of us, and that is why I believe, for dementia sufferers, we need to ensure the best medical and care environment we can.

“That is why I am supporting the Blue Skies Peace of Mind appeal and I think the public needs to get involved in it as well.

“This is their opportunity to get involved in local dementia care.”