Knaresborough Rotarians continue support for Dementia Forward’s robotic cats.
Back in 2020, during lockdown, Rotary in Knaresborough teamed up with local charity Dementia Forward to provide help for people unable to attend their regular support groups. The “Café in a Box” scheme included a variety of activities for patients and carers to use in the home, including exercise support, soft bowling, colouring books, reminiscences books and a few basic foods as a monthly treat. “Rotary Companion Cats” were included in boxes distributed to patients who had been clinically assessed to obtain maximum benefit form Robot Cat Therapy.
Robotic Cats run on batteries and are hugely realistic. They Miaow, purr, lick their paws and bring a smile to everybody. They can become a real pet and companion to many Dementia sufferers. Research evidence indicates that the therapeutic value of the robotic cats can be more beneficial than drugs for certain conditions.
Dementia Forward is one of 10 charities chosen to win a GSK IMPACT Award in 2022, in recognition of its 'outstanding contribution to improving the UK's health and wellbeing'. The award, which comes in its 10th birthday year, includes training and development, funding and ongoing support, comes at a crucial time as they strengthen their services across the county.
Jonathan Beer from Knaresborough Rotary Club recently
delivered a litter of 27 robotic cats, all wearing smart gold tags courtesy of
Timpsons, bringing the total number provided by Knaresborough and Wakefield
Rotary Clubs to 50.
Photographs show: 1. Knaresborough Rotarian Jonathan Beer delivers Robotic Companion Cats to Dementia Forward’s Chief Executive Jillian Quinn.
2. Chancellor Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond North Yorkshire, enjoys stroking a robotic cat.
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