Volunteers dismantle artwork to buy a dementia nurse
PUBLISHED: 14:56 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:19 19 June 2018
Thousands of pounds are hoped to be raised for dementia nurses through dismantling a sculpture made of wire and crocheted forget-me-not flowers.
A dedicated team of volunteers helped to take apart their own creation in the name of dementia specialists Admiral Nurses in Wymondham Library.
The wire sculpture depicting a pair of hands, designed for free by artist Tsubi Du, was until May 25 covered in 18,000 forget-me-nots symbolising every person known to have dementia in Norfolk.
Each flower was lovingly crocheted by volunteers across Norfolk before being attached to the sculpture by members of the Wymondham Dementia Support Group and Slow Theatre.
It was then toured around the county, including Norwich Station to raise awareness of dementia.
Now the sculpture is taking on a new purpose. All 18,000 flowers are to be sold individually at £1 each and when the money is raised, will go towards buying a new Admiral nurse for Norfolk.
Admiral nurses are the equivalent of the better-known Macmillan nurses, but for dementia suffers and their families.
There are currently seven nurses in central Norfolk and two in south Norfolk, but Dianne Fernee, of Wymondham Dementia Support Group, said she wants there to be 60 in the county eventually. The support group is most known for its Pabulum Cafe sessions for people with dementia and their carers.
Danny O’Hara, producer at Slow Theatre in Wymondham, said: “Slow Theatre produced the project in dementia week last year. At that time Admiral Nurses were really in danger.
“It’s been a very big collective project which has brought people together. I’m a little bit sad to see it come down.” The event at Wymondham Library also offered the opportunity to see extracts from the diaries of people with dementia, a project put together by Slow Theatre.
During 2016 diaries were distributed to Carers throughout South Norfolk and Norwich which were to be used in any way helpful for participants.
Afterwards several diaries were collected back in and used as inspiration for an 18 minute one-woman performance, which performance was shown at the Wymondham Literary Festival in October 2016.