Dementia touches most families; it can be a close family member, a wider relation or a friend of the family. People always think of the sad and difficult times as the dementia progresses. June Smallwood nursed her husband who was suffering with dementia and decided to write a book about her experiences.
After her husband Bry passed away after suffering with dementia for ten years, June looked back and realised that amongst the difficult times there were also some funny moments. While not being a story writer or having a writing contract June thought she needed to tell her story to a wider audience. With the help of Steve Beckett who provided the illustrations June set about putting her story into a small booklet, paying for the printing herself and the book called ‘Dementia with a Smile’ is full of little stories and adventures.
June had a number of books printed by Book Printing UK and sold these amongst family, friends and general members of the public.
June also felt she needed to promote Dementia Awareness and joined the local volunteer ‘Health and Wellbeing, Dementia awareness Team’ based at Centre4, Wootton Road, Nunsthorpe, Grimsby, where most of the volunteers have experienced a family relative or friend with Dementia. This close connection the volunteers have with dementia is of great importance while running the information stall at public locations around Grimsby.
After selling her last copy of the book June presented Martin Wakefield, Manager of the Older People’s Health and Wellbeing Collaborative with a cheque for £300 from the profits made.
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