A CALENDAR inspired by the Rylstone & District WI Calendar Girls has been put together as a fun way of raising money for BIADS.  Nine carers took part along with a BIADS’ volunteer, a member of staff and a Memory Team member.

All the carers involved come along to our Friday morning drop-in at our centre.  The photographs were taken by keen amateur photographer Dave Oughton, who has been diagnosed with dementia. Dave’s wife Pam raised the money for the first print run by doing a sponsored slim, so this means that the project has been totally funded by the drop-in team themselves.

The calendar costs £7 with BIADS receiving £3.50 from each sale and will be available to order from BIADS as well as being on sale in our charity shops at Royston and The Arcade, Barnsley.  It was officially launched on Friday, 17 July at Joseph Exley House, Dean Street (12 noon to 1pm) and Barnsley MP Michael Dugher attended to give his support in his role as our patron.

At the same event a Just Giving campaign was announced to find £20,000 to secure our befriending service for the future as at present no long term funding is in place.

Operations Manager Margaret Mason said: “We’re thrilled that the ladies from our Friday drop-in have taken time to do this for us.  We really appreciate their hard work as most of them are carers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but what really makes this calendar so special is that Dave has done such a fantastic job and has shown that life goes on after a diagnosis of dementia.

I would also like to ask people to support our Just Giving appeal to raise funds for our vital befriending service.  We have been looking for ways of finding the money to enable this to continue so we are relying on this campaign to be a great success and allow us to continue providing support to Barnsley people.”