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Wentworth Wooden Puzzles helps raise over £1,600 for The Alzheimer’s Society

Wentworth Wooden Puzzles teamed up with The Alzheimer’s Society to help promote their Dementia Action Week campaign in May, asking what action you could take that week to help improve the life of someone suffering from Dementia. Small actions that would make a big impact on someone suffering from Dementia, such as listening, taking time to talk to people and being patient.

For the week Wentworth Wooden Puzzles, based in Malmesbury Wiltshire, not only helped promote and share ideas on how to help Dementia sufferers they also ran a promotion where for every jigsaw puzzle sold that week they would donate 10% to The Alzheimer’s Society. Their wonderful customers commented it was a great collaboration and with their customers’ help they managed to raise an amazing £1,566.20. Wentworth would like to thank all their customers in helping them raise so much money for The Alzheimer’s Society and for all their messages of support that they gave when placing orders and via social media. It meant a great deal to Wentworth staff to hear such positive and encouraging stores about how their wooden jigsaw puzzles help customers keep their minds active and helping those suffering from Dementia.

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Some Wentworth Wooden Puzzles staff celebrating their fundraising achievements with Lucie Fowler from The Alzheimer’s Society.

Lucie Fowler, Alzheimer’s Society Community Fundraiser for Wiltshire commented: “We were delighted that Wentworth Wooden Puzzles chose to support us during our Dementia Action Week this year. Jigsaws can stimulate memories and conversation for people with dementia and, once completed, can give a valuable sense of achievement and pride; so this was a fitting fundraising partnership.

“The money raised will help Alzheimer’s Society to continue funding vital research and provide support to those living with dementia.  We would like to thank both the Wentworth Wooden Puzzles, and their customers, for uniting against dementia. They have helped us to raise awareness of dementia and an incredible amount of money in just one week.”

Jigsaw puzzles are an ideal way to help keep an active mind as Sue Riches founder of the Piece Together jigsaw group highlights: “Any social interaction or brain stimulation as you get older is important. Keeping as active as possible – both mentally and socially, as well as physically – can boost memory and self esteem, and help to avoid depression. Jigsaws are ideal for that.

Dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every 3 minutes. 850,000 people currently suffer from Dementia and sadly that number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021. Wentworth chose to help support The Alzheimer’s Society as they are the UK’s leading dementia charity and they work tirelessly to challenge perceptions, fund research and improve care whilst also provide care and support for both sufferers and carers. Changing perceptions is a key message they promote, as Dementia doesn’t care how old you are, there’s more than 40,000 people under 65 currently suffering from Dementia. Dementia is not an inevitable part of aging; a disease of the brain hence why raising money into research is so critical.

During Dementia Action Week, The Alzheimer’s Society also encouraged people to take part in a quiz they themselves devised, to not only raise money but also promote awareness about how keeping an active mind can help to stave off the terrible disease. Wentworth Wooden Puzzles also held a hotly contested quiz where staff and their families took part in the quiz and they managed to raise an extra £38.55.

Contact:
Press Release issued by Kate Bishop on behalf of Wentworth Wooden Puzzles. For further information, please email kate@wentworthpuzzles.com or call 07974 137952.
Further Information:
Wentworth Wooden Puzzles manufactures jigsaw puzzles with whimsical shaped pieces reflecting the theme of the image portrayed on the puzzle. www.wentworthpuzzles.com/
Dementia Action Week: www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week

Wentworth Wooden Puzzles helps raise over £1,600 for The Alzheimer’s Society