Thursday 23 May 2019

Pop-up exhibition raises funds for dementia group

Ellie and Rachel Reid.
Ellie and Rachel Reid.
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. Photos by Barbara Flynn
Noeleen Hayes, Liz Wall, chairperson of Wicklow Dementia Support, and Philip Keane.

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 opening 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 program (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.

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