Dementia Cafe honours Princess Diana with memorial plaque

Dementia Caf� and sensory garden launched in Princess Diana's memory and the renewal of the Princess

Dementia Caf� and sensory garden launched in Princess Diana's memory and the renewal of the Princess Diana memorial. Picture: Thomas Foreman - Credit: Thomas Foreman

A dementia cafe has been opened in Thorpe St Andrew with a special tribute to Princess Diana.

Dementia Caf� and sensory garden launched in Princess Diana's memory and the renewal of the Princess

Dementia Caf� and sensory garden launched in Princess Diana's memory and the renewal of the Princess Diana memorial. Picture: Thomas Foreman - Credit: Thomas Foreman

The Thorpe St Andrew Dementia Cafe was opened by Town Mayor, councillor Ian Mackie, at Roxley Hall.

The opening brought residents and people living with dementia and local businesses to the River Green at the hall where a memorial to Princess Diana was unveiled to commemorate her 56th birthday and 20 years since her death.

In the year where the Diana Award launched a kindness initiative, Thorpe St Andrew Town Council chose to mark this occasion with the launch of the café.

It opens from 10am till midday on the third Wednesday of every month and features a relaxation room and a sensory garden for people living with dementia and their carers to enjoy.

Dementia Caf� and sensory garden launched in Princess Diana's memory and the renewal of the Princess

Dementia Caf� and sensory garden launched in Princess Diana's memory and the renewal of the Princess Diana memorial. Picture: Thomas Foreman - Credit: Thomas Foreman

Mr Mackie said: 'I am really delighted and honoured to be opening our own community dementia cafe in Thorpe St Andrew. This community-based idea was brought to the town council by councillor Sue Lawn and is being very well supported by wonderful local volunteers.

'We dedicate this opening to Princess Diana, who is 'our kindness inspiration'.

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'Our Norfolk-born Princess Diana continues to inspire global and local acts of care and kindness for others, and we felt that today would be our living tribute to her treasured memory and legacy.'

The Relaxation Room was funded by the Ivy Child Trust, with local art and photography, lounge seating and a fireplace.

Dementia Caf� and sensory garden launched in Princess Diana's memory and the renewal of the Princess

Dementia Caf� and sensory garden launched in Princess Diana's memory and the renewal of the Princess Diana memorial. Picture: Thomas Foreman - Credit: Thomas Foreman

The relaxation room and sensory garden were dedicated and blessed by Thorpe St Andrew Rector, Rev James Stewart.

Chairman of the finance and staff committee, councillor Sue Lawn said: 'In Thorpe St Andrew, the town council is taking a lead to support and help those living with dementia and their carers in our community.

'Everyone experiences dementia in their own way and hopefully the Dementia Cafe coffee mornings will show carers they are not on their own. It's always good to have someone to talk to.'

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