Work begins on flowering sculpture

Clem Morley, Dementia Support Worker for Alzheimer's Society  (left).
Clem Morley, Dementia Support Worker for Alzheimer's Society (left).

Work has begun on an ambitious art project which will help raise awareness of dementia in Derbyshire during its unveiling in Belper next month.

Staff and volunteers from Alzheimer’s Society and people affected by dementia are working on the installation of 1,103 handmade Forget-Me-Nots which will be displayed at the Belper Arts Festival in May.

One flower is being made for every ten people who have dementia in Derbyshire, with some including ‘memory leaves’ where people with dementia and carers will add a personal memory.

Attendees of Alzheimer’s Society’s Derbyshire support groups will be helping to make the flowers using old dementia support leaflets. The installation will be in place for Dementia Awareness Week (May 18 to 24), which falls at the same time as the Arts Festival, which runs throughout May.

Clem Morley, Dementia Support Worker for Alzheimer’s Society said: “We hope that this will be a powerful and creative installation, illustrating the number of people living with dementia in Derbyshire.

“When it is finished, the installation will give a visual representation of Forget-Me-Not flowers ‘growing’ in many directions which we hope will reflect the growing number of people who live with dementia and who are being supported by our services.”