Moving play will be free

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A play about dementia which has been performed in the House of Commons and praised by the Prime Minister, comes to the Arena Church in Ilkeston on October 2.

The free performance of Grandma Remember Me? has been funded by NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group. Supported by the Alzheimer’s Society it aims raise awareness and understanding of dementia.

Performed by Az2B Theatre Company, Grandma Remember Me? draws on the experiences of living with someone with dementia.

The play tells the story of the relationship between a young girl and her grandmother who develops Alzheimer’s disease, and how she learns about the effects and how to cope with

The play has received letters of commendation from David Cameron and the care minster Norman Lamb.

Dr Steve Lloyd, Chair of NHS Hardwick CCG, which leads on the planning and buying of the county’s mental health services, said: “We are committed to making things better for people with dementia and their families and we feel it’s important that we raise awareness of this condition through this interesting, entertaining and very moving play.

“I would urge everyone to see the play which deals with the effects of dementia on three generations of the same family.

“Dementia is likely to be one of the biggest threats to health and social care provision over the next ten years.

“It is estimated that by 2021 there will be a million people in the UK living with dementia and currently two thirds of people with dementia live in the community.”

Tickets are free and can be booked at derbyshire@alzheimers.org.uk or by calling 01332 208845.