Member News – Everyone Loves Cake (Alzheimers Support)
Everyone loves cake
A Dementia Friend in Hertfordshire is getting ready to bake a difference again for this year’s Cupcake Day.
Patsy Weedon is looking forward to another great Cupcake Day after raising over £250 at her cake sale last year. ‘It went brilliantly,’ says Patsy, a Dementia Friend in Hemel Hempstead. ‘I sold all the cakes within a couple of hours, I was so chuffed! It was fun, and all to help fight this terrible condition.’
Patsy speaks from experience – her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia in October 2018. ‘He went downhill really quickly. By April 2019, he’d been in hospital four times and the social worker said he needed full-time care. ‘It hit my mum and me really hard, as I couldn’t face packing him off somewhere. I felt as though I was letting him down.’ However, her dad needed to move into a care home last summer. ‘Mum and I had to adjust to it being just us. The money aspect hit us hard too, paying for Dad’s care. But he is getting wonderful care.’
For Patsy, Cupcake Day meant she could do something positive to make a difference. ‘I got involved last year because of my dad, and a close friend who lost his wife to dementia two years ago,’ she says.
‘My own health means I’m unable to do any charity walks or runs, but I love to bake so it’s a great opportunity for me to help.’ Patsy decided to hold a cake sale, and she didn’t hold back when it came to baking. ‘I baked a large assortment of cupcakes as well as mini Victoria sandwich cakes, loaf cakes and tray-bakes. I also made a large chocolate gateau, which we
Her local Boxmoor Social Club agreed to host the sale a couple of days before Cupcake Day itself (which is fine – you can hold your Cupcake Day event on any date). ‘The club allowed me to do it at the weekly bingo evening, which meant more
people would be in attendance,’ says Patsy.
Patsy’s cake sale is returning this year, and she encourages everybody to hold their own Cupcake Day events. ‘People should get involved,’ she says. ‘Everyone loves cake, and you’re raising money and much needed awareness. ‘Try and do your sale at another event, like our club bingo. More people means, hopefully, more money.’
Cupcake Day is 18 June – sign up for your free fundraising kit at alzheimers.org.uk/cupcakeday or call 0300 222 5770.