Forget Me Not not forgotten

Strachan school entertaining
Strachan school entertaining

Banchory-based dementia charity, Forget Me Not, was certainly not forgotten by the communities of Deeside this festive season.

The Banchory Posties wore their Christmas Jumpers with pride and donated almost £100 to the club.

The unique Christmas Tree made by Forget Me Not

The unique Christmas Tree made by Forget Me Not

The junior classes from Strachan School visited Bennett House on Arbeadie Road to entertain with a selection of songs from their Nativity “Sparkle”.

The pupils sang confidently and distributed handmade Christmas cards after their performance.

Craft work is popular at Forget Me Not and, to celebrate their first Christmas at Bennett House, the group created a tree on a custom built table.

The table has been a real source of interest to everyone, including the young people from Strachan.

Further entertainment followed with performances by the Christie girls of Finzean on fiddle and accordion.

Pupils from Banchory Nursery also visited one winter morning to sing while sporting their own Christmas jumpers - both teachers and children!

The annual invitation to the Guild Christmas Afternoon Tea Party was another highlight of the Forget Me Not calendar, as the club’s community partner is Birse and Feughside Church.

Santa stopped by Bennett House and three festive lunch parties were held in the Resource Centre.

Every Thursday afternoon, church musicians Louise and Stephen provide a concert for the club, at which the volunteers provide afternoon tea.

Music has been proven to help people with dementia, and research shows that music awakens the brain, allowing sufferers to function a little better.

Amidst all the many events at Bennett House, Fiona Reekie still made time to mark her 40th birthday.

She ran her first marathon, accompanied by her husband, which raised a fantastic total of £3510.