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Sunday 20 May 2018

Alzheimer's Tea Day to support services in Louth

Dáithí Ó Sé pictured with Inès Brophy O’Connor, age 5 on the Vintage Tea Tour Bus
Dáithí Ó Sé pictured with Inès Brophy O’Connor, age 5 on the Vintage Tea Tour Bus

Olivia Ryan

RTÉ star, Dáithí Ó Sé launched the Vintage Tea Tour in aid of Alzheimer's Tea day, with a host of events expected to take place in Louth.

Alzheimer's Tea Day, which is held on Thursday May 3rd, is the Alzheimer Society of Ireland's (ASI) largest annual fundraising campaign, and helps to raise money for the services operating in Louth.

Alzheimer services in Louth include day care, support groups and the Alzheimer Café.

New figures have shown that for everyone person diagnosed three people are directly affected. Every year thousands of people host tea parties in their homes, offices and schools.

Dáithí Ó Sé said: 'I'm delighted to support Alzheimer's Tea Day again this year. There's 1,198 people living with dementia in Louth today so that's 1,198 good reasons to get the kettle on. What alarms me is that this number is set to double in the next 20 years. By taking part in this campaign you are helping to raise vital funds and awareness of a condition that is affecting so many of our family, friends and neighbours. What's important to remember is that money raised locally stays locally, so by getting involved you'll be supporting your own community.'

Operations Manager for the north east, Donal Murphy said: 'The importance of the wonderful support that people give towards our national Tea Day must be recognised as it makes such a huge difference to People with Dementia in Ireland. Without this generous support we would not be able to provide much needed services.'

For more information or to register for Alzheimer's Tea Day fundraising pack, visit www.teaday.ie or call (01) 207 3800 #timefortea

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