Dementia awareness services in Peasedown St John have received a boost, thanks to the Radstock & Midsomer Norton Lions Club.

The organisation, which has members living in Peasedown St John, wanted to show its support for the work being done to raise awareness of dementia across the community.

 Lions President, Colin Marsh, said: “There are currently 800,000 people across the UK living with the condition, and that number is set to rise to

2 million by 2050.

“If you are over eighty, there is a 1 in 6 chance you’ll be diagnosed with dementia, and a 33% chance if you are over ninety.”

Over the last two years, more than one hundred residents have attended a Dementia Friendly Peasedown workshop, giving villagers the opportunity to find out more about the condition and how they can support those living with it.

Trust Chairman, Gavin Heathcote, said: “We’ve been running events and workshops on a shoestring budget since we started.”

Cllr Karen Walker added: “Our dementia-friendly garden that we have created is great. It’s a quiet place where anyone can sit, relax and watch the world go by.

“Because of its bright colours, flowers and wide paths, it helps to create a comfortable atmosphere for those that visit.”