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Buxton Alzheimer’s campaigner launches memory calendar ahead of festival season

Alzheimer's fund raiser Keith Horncastle and Luke Bates of the Tourist Information Office with the new Memory Calendars
Alzheimer's fund raiser Keith Horncastle and Luke Bates of the Tourist Information Office with the new Memory Calendars

A Buxton woman’s legacy is continuing to live on in the form of a unique memory calendar to help Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers.

Before her death in 2015 Val Horncastle came up with the idea for a new style of calendar to help her remember things as she battled with Alzheimer’s.

And after its sell-out success of previous years, the calendar has now gone on sale earlier than ever before to attract a wider audience.

Val’s husband, Keith, who is an active Alzheimer’s campaigner, is responsible for having the calendar published every year. He explained: “Val said if it can help her she was sure it could help others and I’m so pleased we have been able to keep it going.

“The fact we are moving forward the release date is also really good news as we can now sell the calendar to all the tourists and visitors who pass through the town for the two weeks of the Buxton Festival and Fringe and hopefully help more people.”

The calendar, which was designed in 2014, only shows one day at a time and allows people space to write why the day is important, or what appointments are happening.

Keith said: “Normal calendars can be too much and still confuse a person if they don’t know what day it is, but this simplifies things.”

The original calendar was made possible thanks to a donation from the Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust, and is now produced by Chris Andrews Publications.

The calendar is on sale at Buxton Tourist Information Centre, priced £10.