Pop-up ex­hi­bi­tion raises funds for de­men­tia group

Bray People - - PICTURES - By MARY FOGARTY

WICK­LOW De­men­tia Sup­port held a char­ity art ex­hi­bi­tion re­cently at a pop-up-shop on La Touche Place in Grey­stones.

Over a dozen lo­cal artists con­trib­uted to the ex­hi­bi­tion, in­clud­ing Michael Gem­mell, Nicky Kruse­man and Pa­trick Wal­she. There were also works by stu­dents of St Ger­ard’s School.

Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris was among those to at­tend the open- ing night of the week­end-long ex­hi­bi­tion.

Artists do­nated 50 per cent of all sales to Wick­low De­men­tia Sup­port as well as pieces for raf­fle on the open­ing night.

Wick­low De­men­tia Sup­port is a lo­cal char­ity, sup­port­ing peo­ple with de­men­tia and their fam­i­lies. It aims to sup­port the per­son with de­men­tia to stay at home in their own com­mu­nity for as long as pos­si­ble.

WDS runs a be­friend­ing pro- gram (AlzPals) so­cial clubs (AlzClubs) for the per­son with de­men­tia and their ca­reer, Mem­ory Lane Mu­sic Group, Carer Sup­port Groups, Meet and Eat Pro­gram, cul­tural out­ings, and other so­cial get-to­geth­ers through­out the year.

Vol­un­teers are the heart and soul of WDS but funds are needed to train the vol­un­teers and to pay for other sup­ports and so­cial gath­er­ings pro­vided through­out the year.

PHO­TOS BY BAR­BARA FLYNN

Sylvia Thomp­son, artists Des Fox, Michael McWil­liams and Michael Gem­mell with Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris and Jenny O’Reilly of Wick­low De­men­tia Sup­port at the pop-up gallery.

Lee and Maura Dunne with Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris.

Noeleen Hayes, Liz Wall, chair­per­son of Wick­low De­men­tia Sup­port, and Philip Keane.

So­phie O’Reilly and Stephan Olo­han.

El­lie and Rachel Reid.

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