Co-op’s John Fairest Funeralcare is appealing for Memory Box donations

Co-op’s John Fairest Funeralcare on Abbey Lane in Sheffield is introducing a ‘Memory Box’ to the local community. Memory Boxes are a new initiative aimed to trigger long-term memory recognition for those living with dementia.

The Memory Boxes, which will be taken to care homes and day centres in Sheffield by Co-op colleagues, will be filled with memorabilia. The boxes are used to encourage people with dementia to engage with the memorabilia, prompting conversations about their lives and to reminisce about the past.

The concept was initially thought of by one of Co-op’s Funeral Directors in Scotland when he became mindful that many people within his local community were being affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s, which was leading to feelings of loneliness. 

Tracey Wilson, Funeral Arranger at Cop’s John Fairest Funeralcare on Abbey Lane, said: “The Memory Boxes will give us the opportunity to support those living with dementia in our community. Not only do they help raise awareness of dementia, they’ll also help us to engage with people who wouldn’t usually communicate easily with others.

“We’re currently looking for donations from local residents to include in our Memory Boxes. Whether it’s an old shilling or a football programme from the 1900’s, all donations are greatly appreciated.’’

To donate memorabilia for the memory box, or if you have any questions, please contact the funeral home directly on 0114 274 5244, alternatively frlabbeylane@funeralservicesltd.co.uk

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