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A governor at Blyth Academy has pledged to help people with dementia in and around the town.

David Hall made the promise after the school held a dementia-friendly coffee morning for people who are living with the condition and their carers in the Blyth area.

The coffee morning was the latest in a series of dementia-friendly initiatives at the school where staff and students are working together to make life better for people who have the condition.

They have already taken steps to help by becoming ‘Dementia Friends’ as part of an initiative to raise awareness of the condition and take action to improve matters.

And sixth-formers have also become the youngest ever ‘Dementia Friends Champions’ who lead awareness sessions after linking up with Alzheimer’s Society staff in Northumberland.

“We are privileged to be leading the way by being the first secondary school in the region to work with the students and professionals in supporting those with dementia,” said Mr Hall.

“And we are all really looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership, which we know will make a real difference to the community of Blyth.”

He spoke out after attending the coffee morning and meeting Alzheimer’s Society staff who are working with the school to reach out further into the community.

Alzheimer’s Society operations manager Danielle Hayes said: “The school is actively combating the loneliness that often affects the 4,850 Northumberland people who have dementia and their loved ones.”

For further details about Alzheimer’s Society services call (01670) 813255.