Equi’s hope to scoop up support for cafe

SWEET TREAt: Equi's owner David Equi with NHS Lanarkshire staff, l-r, Hazel Boyle, Liz Airns, Collette Walker and Alison Drinnan.
SWEET TREAt: Equi's owner David Equi with NHS Lanarkshire staff, l-r, Hazel Boyle, Liz Airns, Collette Walker and Alison Drinnan.

Motherwell’s new ice cream shop will really give it big licks for the town’s dementia cafe with a special promotion this weekend.

Lanarkshire’s famous Equi’s brand, which recently opened a new shop on Merry Street, has stepped forward to support the award-winning NHS Lanarkshire project.

Customers to the parlour this Sunday (May 12) will be able to get one of its regular cones for a minimum 50p donation with all the proceeds going to the dementia cafe.

Equi’s owner David Equi said: “We’ve heard all about the wonderful work the cafe has been doing over the last year and we thought we’d like to help in some way.

“Dementia is an issue which is affecting more people these days and we’re sure many of our customers will know of someone who’s been affected in some way.

“We thought holding a day like this would be a good way to promote the fantastic work the cafe does and directly help it in some way.

“Every penny raised on the regular cones on that day will go directly to the dementia cafe.”

The support was welcomed by NHS Lanarkshire community nurse Hazel Boyle, who oversees the project.

She said: “This is a wonderful gesture by Equi’s and I can’t thank them enough for their support.

“One of the main things this day will do is help raise awareness in the local community of the dementia cafe, hopefully among those 
who may have dementia or care for someone who has dementia.

“The cafe meets every month and we’d love for them to come along and see us as we have a host of clinicians, nurses and support staff who they can chat to in an informal way about any memory issues they may have.”

The Motherwell dementia cafe provides a space where those who are worried about their memory or have a 
diagnosis of dementia, their families and informal carers, can gather, share their 
experiences and get some practical support in a friendly setting.

Among those present to offer help and advice are specialist doctors, memory service nurses, an advocacy worker, and an occupational therapist, as well as representatives from Alzheimer Scotland and Carers Together.

In September last year, it picked up the ‘Best dementia friendly community initiative’ title at the Scottish Dementia Awards.

The cafe meets on the first Friday of every month in Motherwell Football Club’s Centenary Suite at Fir Park Stadium.

The next meeting is on Friday, June 7 from 1pm to 4pm.

For more information on the cafe contact 01698 269649.