WRITER and video biographer Philip Williams, who is walking around the coast of Britain to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society and generate awareness of the condition, visited Lunan House Care Home, part of the Four Seasons Health Care group, last Wednesday.
He was welcomed at the facility where he joined residents for lunch before telling stories about his adventures so far.
Mr Williams, whose mother has Alzheimer’s and is a resident at Four Seasons’ Emberbrook Care Home, began his 5,000 mile walk in 2010. To date he has raised £55,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society.
As well as supporting him during his marathon walk, Four Seasons Health Care has also recently signed up to the Dementia Pledge. This is an initiative that helps care providers to aspire to the highest standards of care through service benchmarking, development of cultural change and public demonstration of commitment to improvement.
The company also has a rolling programme of accreditation for homes known as Positively Enriching And enhancing Residents Lives (PEARL). This is a specialist dementia care service which is the company’s initiative to ensure residents are provided with specialist dementia care.
Karen Maxted, home manager, commented: “It was lovely to welcome Philip to the home and introduce him to our residents who were keen to hear his stories.
“Alzheimer’s Society is a charity close to our hearts and with over 800,000 people in the UK suffering from dementia it is vital to have the right steps in place to support those living with it. We wish Philip all the best in his remaining journey.”
As well as generating charitable contributions for Alzheimer’s Society, Mr Williams is documenting his experiences for a book and radio series called ‘Character’s on the Coastline’.
To sponsor him visit: http://www.philipwilliams.uk.com/my-charity-walk---make-a-donation.html