Wymondham firefighters lend a hand with dementia café’s garden scheme

Firefighters, families and volunteers helping out with the Pabulum Café's plans to build a community

Firefighters, families and volunteers helping out with the Pabulum Café's plans to build a community garden on site. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Archant

A town fire station has boosted a dementia café's bid to build a garden for its visitors.

The Pabulum Café, which is held weekly at Fairland Church Centre in Wymondham, has been fundraising this year to raise cash for the project, which would see a garden built at the back of the church.

Dianne Fernee, café organiser, said that she had so far been 'overwhelmed' by the generosity of people in Wymondham.

And their latest boost came from the town's firefighters, who spent a wet Wednesday afternoon helping with landscaping.

Mrs Fernee said: 'They came to talk to our carers about smoke alarms and other measures that they could use to help people with dementia in an emergency.

'When I showed them the work we had done on the garden they said they'd be able to help out with the heavy lifting.'

The five firefighters kept to their word and lent a hand with digging and planting.

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It is hoped that final work on the garden, which will offer an area of tranquillity and calm for its users, will be finished over the next few months.

'I have been amazed by the generosity of people,' she said. 'Everyone has been getting involved to raise what they can and the volunteers have been amazing. It's growing really, really quickly.'

The Pabulum Café has built a steady following since it opened six years ago.

When they first opened they had just six couples, but now regularly see 54.

It offers carers and those living with dementia a chance to socialise, seek advice and take part in activities.

For more information on the group, click here.

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