Urgent Appeal Launched as Tea Day 2020 Postponed
We have announced the postponement of our largest annual fundraising campaign Alzheimer’s Tea Day due to Covid-19 and have launched an Urgent Appeal for vital dementia supports to help us to continue our vital work with people with dementia and their families during this devastating crisis.
You can support this appeal HERE today
Covid-19 has resulted in a perfect storm for us:
● Alzheimer’s Tea Day, our biggest and most important fundraiser over the past 25 years which was due to take place in every town in Ireland on Thursday, May 7th, is now postponed contributing to a severe drop in fundraising of €1 million;
● 48 day care centres are closed;
● Vital supports such as Social Clubs, Alzheimer Cafes and Support Groups are all postponed until further notice.
People with Dementia Facing Emergency Alone …
Despite this, we continue to support people with dementia and their families as our Home Care, Dementia Advisers, National Helpline and Online Family Carer Training are all still running. In addition we are implementing new ways of providing ASI supports remotely to our clients and their families such as regular telephone calls and activity packages for people to use in their own homes.
Most people who are living with dementia are in the high-risk category for Covid-19 and most of their carers – their husbands and wives – are also older and many have underlying health conditions. And now, with the majority of ASI’s supports now closed, thousands of vulnerable people are facing this emergency alone, without the supports and constant care that they urgently need.
How You Can Support Our Urgent Appeal …
During this Public Health Crisis, we are asking you to please make a special emergency donation today HERE to help provide essential care and support to those living with dementia whose lives are being torn apart by the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland CEO, Pat McLoughlin.
A Word from our CEO Pat McLoughlin
“Covid-19 is a public health emergency we have never seen the likes of before and this is affecting everyone on the planet. People with dementia are vulnerable and often confused and Covid-19 has heightened that for them. Today, we should all be preparing for the Alzheimer’s Tea Day, our biggest and most important fundraising event of the year. Alzheimer’s Tea Day has been our biggest fundraising event over the last 25 years and the organisation is so dependent on the funds that it brings in each and every year. However, the Covid-19 health crisis means that Alzheimer’s Tea Day has now been postponed and the vital funds it raises have been lost, so we are asking for your help to continue to support people with dementia and their families and carers. We must stay connected with people with dementia and their families at this time, that’s why we really need your support – to keep going, keep supporting and keep connecting.”
Mill Lane Day Care Manager Mary Mooney, Operations Manager Mary Bardin and Kildare Branch Chairperson Marie Conlon.
A View from the Front Line – Operations Manager,
“Caring for somebody with dementia can be a difficult and lonely journey. But now people living with dementia have to isolate themselves even further from their family and friends – and from essential supports like the services that we provide. We have already been forced to close all 48 of our Day Care Centres across Ireland and that means that, right now, thousands of vulnerable people are facing this emergency alone, without the supports and constant care that they urgently need. That’s why everyone here in The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is working around the clock to help provide alternative emergency supports to the people who need them most, but we need your help to do that.”
Member of our Dementia Carers Campaign Network, Máire-Ann Doyle and her Dad, Brian.
A Carer’s Point of View – Máire-Anne Doyle
“I’ve been caring full-time for my Dad, Brian, since moving home from Toronto for over four years ago. It’s a privilege to be with my Dad, he’s a super guy and a really good Dad. However as his Carer it’s an around the clock task, a stressful one that has taken its toll. The current lack of support and feeling of isolation is phenomenal. Something has to be done. Carers who look after people living with dementia can’t keep struggling. We literally are in crisis here. The home help we get is my only relief and is absolutely invaluable to me and thousands of others.”
A Carer’s Point of View – Éamon Ó Fearghail
“I’ve been caring for my mam Cathleen since she was first diagnosed with dementia nearly 10 years ago and now with some health issues of my own I am struggling to manage by myself. She attended a Day Care centre three days a week but now that has been closed. Mam must remain at home so that I can keep her safe and I am now caring for her 24 hours a day. The home help we get from the Alzheimer Society is absolutely invaluable to me and thousands of others.”