Memory club has famous fan
Liz Coates EastEnders actress Laila Morse is back on set after a memorable holiday in Gran Canaria - the scene of a developing link between the cast and a Great Yarmouth support service.
EastEnders actress Laila Morse is back on set after a memorable holiday in Gran Canaria - the scene of a developing link between the cast and a Great Yarmouth support service.
In a storyline a world away from Albert Square the actress best-known for her role as no-nonsense market trader Mo Harris forged a friendship with Mel Thomas of Great Yarmouth and was moved to tears by her caring work.
Mrs Thomas who runs a memory club for people with Alzheimer's Disease with her partner Michael Cable struck up conversation with Ms Morse by the pool while on holiday over New Year and was buoyed by her interest in the service.
You may also want to watch:
She described her as a “really caring and lovely person” and was stunned when she asked Mrs Thomas to send her a T shirt for the whole EastEnders cast to sign to help boost funds at the club which relies on local fundraising and grants.
The club which meets at St Andrews Chapter House Gorleston on Tuesday has just celebrated its fifth anniversary with the opening of another group at the Magdalen Methodist Church.
- 1 People gather in the street for funeral of "local legend"
- 2 Riverside road closed after sinkhole opens up
- 3 Walk-in vaccine clinic as surplus stock becomes available
- 4 'Subtly creepy' man, 70, posed as teen to chat to 12-year-old girls
- 5 Top of the Pops dancer, Octopussy star and 'Lord' settles in Norfolk
- 6 Mercedes badge or shooting star? Confusion over town's new light display
- 7 Eyes down for bingo and bubbly as players toast their return
- 8 Norfolk high school appoints new principal after 'difficult year'
- 9 Missing man found safe and well in woodland near his home
- 10 'Check your outbuildings' - Concern grows for missing 26-year-old
It helps people who may be isolated by their condition with a range of activities including music and memory and offers them a home-cooked meal.
Retired social services manager Mrs Thomas, 73, said she was passionate about helping people with dementia and making a difference. Her work was aimed at helping people retain what memory function they had left, adding: “I have seen how it works and it does make a difference. It helps people to manage and feel less isolated.”
Mrs Thomas was recognised as an unsung hero for her memory club work and rewarded with lunch with the Queen. She said she was delighted her club was getting wider recognition and was even known in soap circles.
For more information about the Chapter House club which meets on Tuesdays call Jean Murray on 01493 662754 and for the Magdalen club which meets on Wednesdays call Carol Gibbs on 01493 601603.