Local actor Joe Sims opens charity birthday party
Broadchurch actor Joe Sims opened local charity Bristol Dementia Action Alliance’s 5th Birthday Party in The Galleries on July 9.
Joe thanked everyone for joining in the celebrations: “There are so many of you who have come down here today and have volunteered your time, not just for today but for years, 365 days of the year - looking after people and caring. That is what Bristol should be about – standing shoulder to shoulder. It’s ordinary people doing extraordinary things and that’s exactly what I see here today.”
Joe stayed to join Tina Blackwill in her pom-pom dance to the delight of the crowd. It was an action packed day with further music from Lizzie, singing from Gill and chair and standing Zumba with Marie. Staff from Zurich generously volunteered their time as a charity challenge and handed out hundreds of party bags and cakes.
With an estimated 850,000 people living with the condition in the UK – a number predicted to rise substantially over the coming years - BDAA’s work is vitally important. As well as training people, young and old in the best way to help those with Dementia, BDAA also take part in awareness days, such as the event held at Redland Parish Halls in June in conjunction with Dementia research charity BRACE and Bristol law firm, Barcan+Kirby, on ‘Dementia and Planning for the Future’.
Chair, Tony Hall, said: "We had a wonderful time celebrating with old and new friends. We are a small local charity with a huge aim – to make Bristol THE Dementia Friendly City of the UK. Today, we showed people that we can make a difference! We would love to hear from anyone would like to volunteer and help us.”
For further information visit www.bristoldaa.co.uk or call 07741 142701 or email: Office@bristoldaa.co.uk