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Val’s calendar to help people cope with dementia

Dementia sufferer Val Horncastle along with Chris Andrews (left), publisher of her memory calendar and Val's husband Keith (right).
Dementia sufferer Val Horncastle along with Chris Andrews (left), publisher of her memory calendar and Val's husband Keith (right).

A specially-designed calendar created by a dementia sufferer from Buxton will soon be helping people with the condition across the UK.

Val Horncastle’s ‘Memory Calendar’ was recently launched at a special event at the Buxton Dementia Café at the Old Hall Hotel.

Stewart Young, Mayor of Buxton, was special guest for the event.

Val, 73, came up with the design for the ‘Memory Calendar’ after finding there wasn’t anything on the market which was suitable for her.

Her husband Keith created a home-made version which was developed into a prototype thanks to a donation from the Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust.

The prototype, produced by publishers Chris Andrews Publications Ltd, was then trialled with Alzheimer’s Society group attendees in Derbyshire and the publishers agreed to develop the final design and production of the project.

The publishers will donate a share of any profits to the charity.

Keith said: “Val had the idea for the Calendar as she thought it would help her day to day, with reminders of simple things like who was visiting us or where we were going that day.

“Other calendars on the market had far too much text or not enough space for the notes.

“We soon found that it was a great help to her and showed it to Alzheimer’s Society staff in Buxton who thought it was a brilliant idea.

“It’s exciting to think that Val’s idea will soon be helping other people with dementia across the country.”

The Memory Calendar 2016, priced £10, is on sale at shop.alzheimers.org.uk or can be bought over the phone by calling 01865 723404.