4th July 2020

Forget Me Not Flower Competition

Thank you for your patience and all your support over the last 5 years for the forget me not flower competition.

I made the decision to postpone the competition in March due to the Covid outbreak and subsequent lockdown. Unfortunately we didn’t appreciate at that time the extent of the virus and the ongoing situation.

We now find ourselves in the very difficult position where I have had to make a decision to cancel the competition for this year.

It is not practical or advisable to receive your flowers through the post and it is no longer possible to exhibit them around the East Riding.

However to recognise all your hard work I would like to invite you to send me any close up pictures of your flowers that you would like to share with others via the website and Facebook page. Happy to put your name , organisation and a message on the post as appropriate.

My email address for the flowers is:


15th June 2020

Dfer would like to thank Smashing Mirrors for their support.

Smashing Mirrors Theatre is an East Yorkshire theatre company that is committed to raising dementia-awareness through the arts. They have previously worked with DFER to tour their dementia-awareness play ‘The Memory Project’ into Hull and East Riding schools last November. They have also previously toured nationally our musical ,Three Emos, which features a dementia storyline.

Their recent fundraising effort for DFER was online, and brought together all of their Smashing Mirrors Theatre friends and alumni to sing one of the songs from ‘Three Emos’, with lyrics changed to reflect current lockdown experiences. The different verses were edited together to create a video that was distributed over Facebook and raised £75.


In these challenging times, Dementia Friendly East Riding plans to support local East Riding care homes by the provision of plants, seeds and flowers to allow residents and staff to get the benefits from some gardening and outdoor activity in the warmer weather.

Since the coronavirus lockdown the charity has suspended most of its projects and activities. The popular Dementia Friendly Screenings at the Parkway Cinema and Theatre in Beverley have been postponed at least until autumn.  
The annual Forget Me Not Flower arts and crafts competition will continue. see below for more details.
The new gardening and outdoor activity project intends to bring together some of the local garden centres and plant wholesalers who are challenged by potentially having to let much of their valuable stock go to waste!
Then to enable possible deliveries to residential care homes under the strict social distancing rules.
Gardening and the exercise that goes with it gives a massive boost to physical and mental health and general well-being. Care home staff have expressed their enthusiasm to become involved in the project and our dementia support charity is keen to coordinate things wherever possible.
More news will be given as things hopefully develop in coming weeks. 
Early spring days are normally the GOLDEN WEEKS for gardening and planting out!
We hope we can make this happen for all our friends in local care homes.  
We shall soon be putting some tips and ideas for planting and growing plants and seeds in the garden on our website, including for those without a garden for pots on windowsills and around the house and driveway etc
Garden centres and the care homes are encouraged to make contact with us if they would like to be involved and to make a positive difference for the care of home residents, their families and the amazing carers.
For more information Email:  Simon Foster (coordinator and volunteer).    Mobile 07826747766

Enter our Dementia Friendly Flower
Competition 2020


The flower competition is still going ahead and the closing date has been extended.
Please hold on to your entries for now and we will issue instructions shortly.
Sandra will notify winners and display the results on the DFER website .
Thank you for supporting Dementia Friendly East Riding. 

We are pleased to announce we will be running our Dementia Friendly Flower Competition again this year and we are confident this will be a biggest uptake yet.

To download your information pack and flower template please 
CLICK on the pdf link below to download all the competition details including your flower template. We look forward to judging your entries. Deadline date for all entries to be received is Friday 3rd April, 2020

PDF Download Link:

forget me not competition 2020 pdf

Dementia Friendly Film Screenings at Beverley Parkway


Screenings are now suspended, there will be NO film on Thursday 26th March, since Parkway Cinema and Theatre is now closed. This suspension will apply until September 2020 and then be reviewed. More information will be given to all our regular attendees including residential care homes and families in the local community in early September. Please watch this space. Thank you for your continued support.   Simon Foster


March 2020

Dementia Friendly East Riding is very grateful for a generous donation from the Soroptimists International of Beverley & District.

The women`s Soroptimists group work hard to support local good causes and community projects and have chosen our charity specifically after a fundraising afternoon tea event at Tickton village Hall.

Just over £1900 has been donated to support the many community based activities and projects the DFER charity delivers across the East Riding area.

Simon Foster the charity`s ambassador and a volunteer said “This is a marvellous gesture by the Beverley Soroptimists and will help us to secure our medium term future in terms of the activities we are able to deliver to people living with dementia, their families and carers. I would like to thank the group sincerely and wish them well with their own amazing fundraising efforts”

This donation follows one made by The Beverley Lord Mayors charity fund earlier in the month for over £1000.

DFER relies heavily for its fundraising upon the generosity of local voluntary groups and organisations. Thank you all for your kindness.

GREGGS FOUNDATION grant fund awarded

We are pleased to announce that our application for a Greggs Foundation Grant has been awarded. The £1000 will go towards upcoming projects we deliver across the East Riding of Yorkshire. Thank you so much from all the Trustees.

Dementia Friendly Flower Competition 2019 Winners announced…

Congratulations to everyone that entered this years competition. The standards this year were extremely high. You are all winners in our eyes. And we look forward to receiving entries for next years competition.


Dementia Friendly East Riding mentioned at Chelsea Flower Show, 2019.

The Royal Horticultural Society represented at the Chelsea Flower Show 2019 acknowledged that Demential Friendly East Riding got a mention and plaudits when a health professional group, expressed an interest in Dementia Awareness and spoke about our Sewerby Memory Walk (that they were aware of near Bridlington), during there visit to The National Chrysanthemum Society`s display, which featured Bill and Ben and Little Weed! We are proud and privileged to be talked about for our efforts in Yorkshire.

The Chelsea Flower show is set to open on Tuesday – with glorious rainbow gardens, bonsai trees and even Bill and Ben figurines in flower pots. Colourful Chrysanthamuns are displayed like a rainbow by this gardener, while statues of Bill and Ben are added to flower pots 

Thank you so much for the Donation…

Simon Foster, our Charity Ambassador receives a donation of £1025 from  the Worshipful Ladies Lodge No. 329 Driffield

We would like to thank all the ladies from the Worshipful Ladies Lodge No. 329 Driffield who attended our Dementia Friendly Screening of Mary Poppins this week specifically to donate us with a huge cheque for £1025. Our charity could not survive if we did not receive such generocity from the public. Thank you so much and we hope you all enjoyed the screening.

This is what the local Beverley Life and Bridlington Free Press had to say about the launch of the Dementia Friendly Memory Walk Garden that opened on Thursday 25th April 2019…

New Dementia Friendly Garden opened
Situated near Ward 8 at Castle Hill Hospital our Dementia Friendly Garden space has been designed with a Wizard of Oz theme. Developed with the assistance of many people to give sensory prompts to people who might visit. Enhanced by the presence of an Amy moth, purchased and donated by John Hillaby, it is a striking example of how a largely unused space can be enhanced and given purpose. If you would like us to help you develop a garden then use our contact page to get in touch!






















Cutting the ribbon 

John Hillaby with Kerry Wheeldon and the Amy Moth




















We are currently looking to appoint the following as Trustees to Dementia Friendly East Riding.
General Administrator (Minute taker)
Policies and Governance expert
People affected by dementia (Current charity trustees feel this is very important to have this experience within the group)
Volunteers (to support the delivery of projects across the East Riding).

For further information on both vacancies please contact us on email: