One piece at a time: Local school kids team with Slater Heelis to take action on dementia

May 21, 2018, By Slater Heelis

We’ve joined forces with year six children at Forest Park Preparatory School in Sale to help raise awareness of dementia!

As part of Dementia Action Week,, we’re challenging the children at the school to draw their favourite memory.

Whether it’s a favourite holiday or a special birthday, the winning drawing from the entries will be used to create a bespoke ‘dementia friendly’ jigsaw. Recent research has found that jigsaws are a powerful brain stimulant and also help to trigger memories in those living with dementia.

The jigsaws will be donated to local care homes including Sunrise Senior Living in Hale Barns and Urmston Manor, The Knoll Care Partnership and Faversham House in Urmston.

Chris Partington, Head of the Private Client team at Slater Heelis, said:

“Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia and this figure is predicted to increase by 10 million in 2018. We want to raise awareness of this growing global issue and help people in our local community living with the terrible disease.

“We were keen to partner with a local school to get young people involved with the campaign, whilst giving back to residents of care homes in the community. Forest Park Preparatory School wanted to help, so the jigsaw competition was a great way to awaken the pupils’ creativity and also support the campaign.

“Our specialist dementia team work closely with care homes and elderly individuals across the community to provide advice on a range of issues affecting families and caregivers during what is quite a distressing time.”

The winner will be announced in June with a presentation to local care homes in July.