Thursday 25th June would’ve marked Templemore’s third consecutive intergenerational Memory Walk in Dallington Park, Northampton – but due to the coronavirus pandemic, B&M Care took the decision to postpone the event until June 2021.
As a way of commemorating ‘what would have been’ and to celebrate the awareness and funds raised in both 2018 and 2019, documentary filmmaker Chantal Feliu has compiled the best bits of last year’s event into a three-minute short film.
Organised in partnership with Dallington Residents Association, Friends of Dallington and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Maz Stretton, last year’s event welcomed over 350 children from three local primary schools who walked alongside the Northampton care home, before sitting down for a picnic and spending time at a small pop-up petting zoo.
“It is with great sadness that we had to postpone this year’s proceedings, but it was the best and safest option to safeguard both book end generations,” said Templemore Care Home Engagement Lead, Inese Lochmele.
She continued: “But thanks to Chantal who has done a fantastic job developing this film, we can fondly look back at the success of last year’s event – and what good came out of it – and project this passion to next year, when it will be bigger and better!”
In addition to the walk, Alzheimer’s Society was represented to provide visitors with information and advice on the different types of support there is available for families caring for a loved one living with a dementia.
In a quote made at last year’s event, PCSO Stretton said: “We organised the walk for the first time [in 2018] and many of the children who took part regularly visit residents at Templemore, which is of great benefit to both young and old.
“The event aims to teach pupils about dementia and the different changes we go through as we grow old. However, above all the children learn that older members of the community still have a lot of life to live.”
Templemore’s next Intergenerational Memory Walk will take place in June 2021 in Dallington Park, Northampton.