Chester Race Company has linked with Deafness Support Network to assist their deafness & dementia support group to help them remember the races.

You, Me and Tea, a Cheshire-based project has recently been handed a box from the team behind the world’s oldest racecourse in operation, as part of their plight to aid those with memory loss.

The box was handed over to co-ordinator Di Riley at the recent launch of the ‘Going the Distance – 480 Years of Racing at the Roodee’ exhibit at the Grosvenor Museum in Chester and unveiled during Deaf Awareness Week at the first You, Me and Tea at the Grosvenor Street visitor attraction.

The box, which contained astroturf, racing silks, horseshoes, historic photos of the racecourse and coveted metal annual badges, will be used at the cafes to help sensory stimulation and will be a great addition to the growing memory box collection said Di.

“We are absolutely delighted that Chester Race Company took so much time and effort to create such a significant box,” she added. “A huge thanks to the whole team and for providing us with an absolutely delicious afternoon tea too.”

Stephanie Hughes, Head of Marketing, Chester Race Company said:

“We were thrilled to support this fantastic initiative and Deafness Support Network during Deaf Awareness Week, by providing a memory box from Chester Racecourse. In 2019 the racecourse celebrates 480 years of racing on the Roodee and if felt fitting to share some special mementoes collected over the years as we look back at our own heritage with fondness. We hope the session triggered positive recollections from those who took part, whether it be from a visit to the races or simply happy personal memories with loved ones.

Anyone who is interested in attending future events, can contact Di Riley or call 0333 220 5050 or Textphone 01244 375347. 

The event is open to people who have a sensory loss and/or dementia and their carer. You, Me and Tea is free and includes activities and refreshments.


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