Dementia Futures Fund

Dementia affects over 47.5 million of us (source Its symptoms are not a natural part of the ageing process. Young onset dementia can affect people of working age who have jobs, commitments and plans for their futures. It also affects those in their later years of life, which can put added pressure on an already strained health service. There are also many myths about dementia and its causes.

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As a medical charity, renowned for our work in the field of cancer, few people realise that we are also are striving to improve the way we diagnose and treat dementia. Under our ‘Dementia Futures Fund’ we raise money so that we can:

  • provide free scans for patients to diagnose dementia at the earliest possible stage at our Cobalt Imaging Centre
  • fund two dementia research nurses at the Fritchie Centre, who work to recruit patients onto trials. Trials that aim to find the best treatment for the disease and therefore give dementia sufferers the best possible treatment options in the future.
  • support research trials using our specialist scanning equipment
  • work with local hospitals to enhance facilities for patients with dementia and their families.

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Dementia patient wellbeing in Cheltenham

Cobalt staff and volunteers have been volunteering their time to create therapeutic knitted items for local dementia patients. The knitted tubes, affectionately known as Twiddlemuffs keep the hands of dementia patients busy at the Fritchie Centre run by 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust based in Charlton Lane, Cheltenham. The knitted sleeves are made out of all sorts of oddments of wool and additional pieces of interest are sewn on such as stretchy elastic, textured materials or even buttons.  They can be made in the person’s favourite colours or reflect the strip of their football or other sports team.

Joanne Parker, Activities Coordinator at 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust said ‘The Twiddlemuffs provide comfort and help to reduce anxiety for our patients.  People with dementia may show anxiety or nervousness through fidgety hands. They may pull or rub at clothes or wring their hands’.

These Twiddlemuffs are donated to the local dementia wards at Charlton Lane Hospital, however if you, or someone you know may benefit from the use of a Twiddlemuff, please drop an email to: . We only ask for a small £5 donation to our Dementia Futures Fund in exchange.


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