The Alzheimers Society of Ireland is aiming to raise €450,000 to meet the increased demand for its services. Consequently, the organisation is calling on all Longfordians to come together and organise tea parties in aid of the 17th Annual Tea Day.
RTE’s Pat Kenny is once again supporting the tea day and is encouraging homes and businesses to become involved in the campaign.
“It is vital that more support is provided for hard-pressed carers and family members in Longford – some of whom are caring for more than 14 hours a day. They need help now so I would ask the people of Longford to continue their great support of the Alzheimer Society’s Annual Tea Day to help raise funds needed to provide its vital services,” said Pat.
The Frontline presenter, whose late mother Connie lived with Alzheimer’s disease for 14 years, has been a strong supporter of the Alzheimer Society in recent years. He knows the difference the Alzheimer Society’s services can make to families, carers and people living with dementia.
Trevor Mc Cay Morriessy, Regional Manager with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland said: “We need to provide more services in order to help more families and carers. However, this requires more funding, from government, the HSE and the generous people of Longford, who subsidise one third of our work in the county through Alzheimer’s Tea Day and other donations”.
The Alzheimer Society provides Day Care and Home services daily in Longford along with monthly peer support groups for carers.
The 17th Annual Tea Day takes place nationally on Thursday May 5 and all monies raised in Longford will go back into services in the county. To register for Tea Day 2011 or make a donation phone 1 800 719 820 or visit www.teaday.ie