Firefighters Back Dementia Friendly Todmorden

Crews from Todmorden Fire Station were very pleased to be involved with the launch of Dementia Friendly Todmorden (DFT).

The event, at Todmorden Town Hall, drew some high profile speakers including the former Prime Minister’s wife Cherie Blair CBE, QC.

Many organisations were present including West Yorkshire Police, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team and The Alzheimer’s Society.

The four speakers at the event were Cherie Blair CBE, QC, Watch Commander Geoff Shaw from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS), Steph Booth, Chair of the DFT group, and Sergeant Vanessa Rolfe from West Yorkshire Police, Calderdale Valleys.

Each spoke powerfully about their experiences of knowing a loved one with dementia or provided useful advice on the condition.

Cherie Blair CBE, QC, said: “I was delighted to support the launch of the Dementia Friendly Todmorden group last week.

“The group has already worked hard to make a real difference to those with dementia in their town, one of whom is of course my own father, Tony.

“And I saw for myself what a vital contribution the whole community can make when organisations like the police service, the fire service, local businesses and other services come together to support those with dementia and their families.  I look forward very much to hearing how the group now go from strength to strength.”

Todmorden Station is looking forward to continuing their partnership with the group. Future events include the continuation of a monthly café at the local town hall which raises funds for the initiative, free training courses for local businesses and other community initiatives.

Ian Bitcon, WYFRS Area Manager for Fire Safety, said: “This event was well attended and is a good example of collaborative partnership working to address the issue of dementia, which is high on our agenda.

“To have such a high profile speaker at this event is a fantastic testament to the hard work already put in to establish the Dementia Friendly Todmorden group, which we hope will help protect older people in the community.”