A Leyland woman has created an experience to provide joy and smiles to those living with dementia.Advertisement
Emily Tyler is behind the ‘A Good Day’ project, which uses gift boxes filled with items that focus on brain stimulation, social interaction and dementia support.
In 2014, Emily lost her Nana Pauline to vascular dementia. The time leading up to Pauline’s death was very difficult, especially when she lost her independence.
However, Emily and her mother Shirley tried their hardest to make sure the family were still able to share happy moments throughout this time.
Emily said: “Something my nana didn’t lose was her smile and laughter. It was just a case of bringing this out. Although we miss her dearly, she is our passion and drives us to help others. I know she would be so proud.”
In 2018 Emily started to volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Society at an art/activity group. This is where the idea of A Good Day was born.
Emily said: “I wanted to offer something to brighten people’s day, to improve mental wellbeing; a good day amongst the many difficult days.
“I wanted to provide stimulating activities, along with topics of conversation and visual imagery. The aim is to trigger happy memories and create joyful moments for both the individual, their loved ones and carers.
“If there is one thing in the box that can make people feel good, and create a meaningful moment, it’s done its job.
“Although the boxes are aimed at people with dementia, they are also for partners, carers and families. We hope that we can bring smiles and togetherness for everyone affected.”
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In November, the A Good Day crowdfunding project launched, partnering with NatWest’s Back Her Business campaign. Crowdfunding is the use of small amounts of capital from many individuals to finance new business ventures.
Emily said: “We want to bring A Good Day to everyone by expanding the contents of our boxes, to allow them to be completely customised through our unique online store.
“People will be able to order our boxes for themselves, or as a gift.
“We would also like to develop packs for the care industry, reaching more people and providing invaluable tools of communication for carers or volunteers. With so many products on the market with high price tags, we want to create something affordable and accessible to all. We would also like to create a programme of group activity sessions.
“We are determined with the help of the community to reach our target. We know that dementia touches the hearts of so many people and we would love to hear from anyone who would like to support us either financially or through their wider contacts.”
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There are rewards for supporters including the A Good Day calendar, which has been curated by 12 talented artists, and a draw for a spa day as a reward for anyone donating over a certain amount.
To find out more about A Good Day or to lend your support visit the crowdfunder campaign. The campaign closes on Friday 20 December 2019.
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