Whitechurch Financial Consultants joined forces with BRACE, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and law firm, Clarke Willmott for a workshop providing insight into the financial and legal aspects of coping with the costs and responsibilities of care.

Insightful presentations were delivered at the event held at the cricket ground on the 20 April 2018.

• Will Brown, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, welcomed everyone and shared his personal experience with the subject; as his grandparents were diagnosed with Dementia.

• Chair of BRACE Trustees, Professor Lisney spoke about the quest for answers through science and turning answers into tools for early diagnosis and possibly treatment. He highlighted a recent ‘breakthrough’, enabled by much needed grants; with a ‘breathalyser’ that help reveal early levels of dementia.

• Legal expert, Anne Minihane of Clarke Willmott gave comprehensive insight into the importance of making one or even more Lasting Powers of Attorney appointments – to protect the decisions you would want and reduce the costs and time spent in facilitating an outcome that is in your best interest.

• Mark Stone, Financial Planning Director, of Whitechurch Financial Consultants explained that it is never too early to plan; to plan holistically; and to plan for the short, medium and long term future. Long term planning would encompass retirement and eventualities such as providing for Long Term Care.

• Mark Poarch, Chief Executive of BRACE, closed the event. He thanks the speakers and encouraged the attendees to take full advantage of the ‘free’ expertise available in the room – before they went on to watch a complimentary cricket match.

The battle to defeat or at least live better with Dementia continues…

In 2017, the cricket club opened its Museum & Learning Centre, which supports a number of groups including the Sporting Memories Foundation. The Foundation works to combat the effects of dementia, depression and loneliness.

Dementia Awareness Week 2018 takes place from Monday 21 to Sunday 27 May and there are many ways through which you can support BRACE – this week and beyond – to continue with their 30 years of funding world-class dementia research.

The presentations were excellent and relevant to everyone and the underlying message was that no one should make assumptions on their mental and general health… I speak as someone with a good understanding of the matters that were discussed but still found the seminar very worthwhile.”

Peter P, GCCC Premier Club member.