A Yorkshire Rotary club is spearheading a campaign to alleviate the suffering of cat-loving dementia patients in the UK by linking with Britain’s best-selling feline magazine, ‘Your Cat’.
Wakefield Rotary Club has had a long association with the scheme, which sources and donates robotic cats to sufferers of the debilitating condition.
It is widely recognised that these cats, which look and sound like the real thing, have a remarkable, positive effect for sufferers.
Now, linking with the ‘Your Cat’ magazine publishers, the club is extending the initiative to a nationwide audience.
We are very grateful to ‘Your Cat’ for promoting World Mental Health Day and featuring the benefits of the robotic cats.”
World Mental Health Day is October 10th and a major feature in ‘Your Cat’ magazine, contains numerous mentions of Wakefield Rotary. The October 2019 issue of the magazine is now on sale.
Wakefield Rotary Club Past President, Sheila Wainwright, is spearheading the club’s initiative, following the loss of her husband John to early-onset dementia eight years ago.
The Yorkshire club is also the lead Rotary club in the UK for assisting Dementia UK, and their work with Admiral Nurses providing help people to those with the condition, and their carers.
Wakefield Rotary Club’s Assistant Secretary, Peter Clarke, is part of the co-ordinating team.
He said: “We are very grateful to ‘Your Cat’ for promoting World Mental Health Day and featuring the benefits of the robotic cats.
“We know first-hand the comfort they can bring to people affected by dementia, or who feel socially isolated.
“The club thanks ‘Your Cat’ for joining with Rotary International to get the message across to a much wider audience.”
The robotic cats cost between £90 and £100 and the Rotary Club of Wakefield is co-ordinating the collection of donations. The magazine’s donation period ends on December 2nd 2019.
To donate via PayPal, go to the club’s website. Then click on the donate button and follow the on-screen instructions.
Alternatively, send a cheque payable to Rotary Club of Wakefield, marking the envelope (Your Cat), to: New Brookhouse, 221 Barnsley Road, Wakefield. WF1 5NU.
For further information email the team.