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Free legal advice and cake up for grabs for dementia campaign

Cake, refreshments and free legal advice are on offer at a series of coffee mornings taking place at branches of a Lincolnshire firm of solicitors to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

Chattertons Solicitors & Wealth Management are in Chattertons Solicitors, Wide Bargate, Boston on Friday May 19, 2017, from 9.30am in a bid to highlight the condition.

Visitors will get a free 20-minute appointment with a specialist to discuss any matter relating to Wills, Trusts & Probate, this covers everything from creating or amending a will to lasting powers of attorney.

Associate Solicitor Kate Twigg has been fully trained as a 'Dementia Friend's Champion' as part of an initiative by the Alzheimer's Society, which trains volunteers who encourage others to learn about dementia. She will also be on hand to speak to visitors, offer guidance and talk about the firm's commitment to gaining its dementia-friendly credentials.

Kate said: "Dementia is a set of symptoms, including memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, and is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's or by a series of strokes. 

It is a devastating condition that affects one in six people over the age of 80 in the UK, which is why, as a community-minded company, we are doing our bit to raise awareness of the condition and offer advice."

The company is also raising money throughout the year for the condition, having picked the Alzheimer's Society as its charity of the year for 2017.

Katherine Bunting, partner and chair of the Chattertons Charity Committee based in the company's Boston office, said: "The office will go in to 'open day' mode from 9.30am, everyone is welcome to visit the office where they will be able to have a hot drink and some cake. So far this year we have raised over £2,500 for the charity, and we have a target to raise over £6,000 by the end of the year."

There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025 and two million by 2051, according to the Alzheimer's Society. The charity says 225,000 will develop dementia this year, which represents one person every three minutes.

Visitors are not required to make an appointment but if you would like clarification that the matter you would like to discuss is covered by the open day please contact Emily Baker-Gaunt on 01636 675573.

Chattertons is a leading firm of solicitors and provider of wealth management services in the county. It provides a wide range of services delivering advice to individuals and businesses.

Alice Morgan and Chris Foster from Chatterons' private client team in Lincoln Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window