Rail funding boost helps dementia passengers

A community rail partnership has received a funding boost to help those living with dementia to reconnect with the railways.

Saturday, 25th March 2017, 4:00 pm
The management group of the LMCRP. Gerald Townson, chairman and Catherine Huddleston, shake hands on the success of the bid which further develops her role as partnership officer. Rod Tickner of Dementia Friendly Keighley behind them. Pete Myers (left) assisted by Gerald developed the initial bid submission.

The Leeds-Morecambe Community Rail Partnership (LMCRP) recently made a bid to Northern’s Seed Corn Fund and has obtained funds to develop the Bentham Line as a ‘centre of excellence’ in the understanding of how community rail can help those people living with dementia, their carers and their supporters.

Catherine Huddleston, partnership officer for the Bentham Line, said: “This major project gives, the LMCRP, Northern, Alzheimer’s Research UK and others the opportunity to collectively develop an innovative rail travel and destination toolkit for groups to travel along the Bentham Line, with an emphasis on accommodating individuals with additional needs.

“Group members will travel along the route and on to destinations from it which include the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Forest of Bowland AONB. “

The CRP Chairman, Gerald Townson, said: “In a trial last year we arranged travel to the coast for a group, which proved incredibly powerful and helped those travelling to reconnect with their fond memories of earlier holidays, visits and rail journeys.”

Contact Catherine Huddleston by tel: 07471 941038 / 015242 98940.