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University students awarded for dementia help

University students awarded for dementia help
8th December 2008

Students of a medical university in Yorkshire have won a national award for a scheme aimed at giving activities and social opportunities for those who suffer from dementia.

Anna Brassington, Omah Rahman and Katie Brice of Hull York Medical School were shocked by the lack of support provided to people affected by the condition and began the Minds in Motion project last year, which won the Student Award at the Higher Education Volunteering Awards.

The programme runs a monthly cafe at a church in York to bring sufferers and carers together, with free food and entertainment given by students.

Ms Brice said that it was great to be recognised by the award, adding that the project addressed the "social isolation" associated with the disease.

She continued: "The cafe has been running six months and it is great to see people coming together who didn't know each other before and who are now becoming good friends."

Hull York Medical School was established between the two leading universities in 2003.

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