Babergh’s newly elected Chairman has named Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance as her Charity for 2019-20.
The Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is a local charity affiliated with the national Dementia Action Alliance, which works to transform health and social care outcomes for people affected by dementia. The Hadleigh branch, founded in 2014, the Hadleigh DAA has already trained 1,800 Dementia Friends, enabled 39 businesses to become Dementia Friendly and supports 3 weekly Dementia-inclusive social activities.
Cllr Grandon was elected Chairman of Babergh District Council at the Full Council meeting on Wednesday 22 May. She succeeds Cllr Barry Gasper, who stepped down following a year as Chairman.
Cllr Grandon was first elected to Babergh District Council in 2011 and had served as Cabinet Member for Communications before being nominated as Chairman. She is the Independent Member for Hadleigh South.
Cllr Kathryn Grandon, Babergh District Council’s new Chairman, said: “I am pleased to nominate Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance as my charity. I first became involved when the organisation started, in 2014, during which time I, and many others, have learnt about the impact of dementia and the number of people it may affect. The charity is very active in Hadleigh and surrounding villages; I have attended the regular social events the charity holds for people living with dementia and their carers – they are a lifeline for many and they are fun occasions. I think the work the organisation does to make Hadleigh dementia friendly and raise awareness is very important too, so I am delighted to give Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance my support.”
Tracey Loynds of the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance said “Cllr Grandon has been a supporter of the HDAA since we were formally recognised as working to become a dementia friendly community in 2014. Selecting us for her year of fundraising will support our work in making Hadleigh a dementia friendly town which we are immensely grateful.”