Bristol’s Own Gromit sculpture inspires a day of memories

August 24 2018

Bristol's Own - the First World War Messenger Dog Gromit sculpture - stationed in Queen Square, has inspired a day of memories on 3rd August at the monthly Happy Days Memory Café, run by dementia charity, Bristol Dementia Action Alliance (BDAA).

BDAA have teamed up with the sponsors of Bristol's Own and supporters of the charity, law firm Barcan+Kirby, to host a war-themed afternoon tea for those with dementia, their families and carers.

 People attending the event held at Westbury Baptist Church came from all areas of Bristol, including Redland and Bishopston. They were encouraged to bring along photographs, letters and wartime memorabilia to share stories, sing songs and celebrate memories of times gone by.

 Commenting on the event, Tony Hall, Chair of the BDAA, said: “We at Happy Days are really grateful for the support and encouragement we receive from Barcan+Kirby. Everyone really enjoyed the afternoon tea, where the session was led by Alive – a charity aiming to enrich the lives of older people on a World War 1 theme.

 "Having fun and singing some of the old songs gave great benefit and joy to everyone at the café because we are including everyone. People with Dementia are still members of the family and community, they are just ill.”

 Anna Molter, a Dementia Friends Champion and solicitor at Barcan+Kirby, said: "Barcan+Kirby has been a proud supporter of the BDAA over the years and it's been wonderful to have this opportunity to host an event to benefit those with dementia. 

"The simple act of singing gives dementia sufferers great joy and enables them to participate in an activity that can be enjoyed by all." 

BDAA celebrated their fifth birthday in July with a party in the The Galleries opened by Broadchurch actor Joe Sims. 

To contact the organisation visit www.bristoldaa.co.uk or call 07741 142701.