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Bishop Auckland puts dementia in frame

A Bishop Auckland opticians is inviting local people to capture their ‘Memorable Moments’ for a national charity calendar in aid of Alzheimer’s Society.

Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care is launching the photographic competition during Dementia Awareness Week (14-21 May) to find special images of landscapes, people and joyous occasions to feature in the calendar.

They are also supporting the campaign with a cake sale and book sale on Friday 19 May at the Cockton Hill branch to raise funds and awareness.

Branch manager Jo Bestford said: “It’s a cause we care about because dementia affects the lives of so many people in our community. There is a real need for continued research and support. We are keen to do what we can for Alzheimer’s Society, our chosen charity.”

The Scrivens charity calendar will go on sale in the branch later this year in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. It will feature 12 photographs of memorable scenes taken by the public with prizes for each of the 12 winners chosen by the judges.

The overall winner will also be treated to a weekend for two in London and tickets to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum.

Details of how to enter the competition are available in branch and online at

Scrivens is supporting Alzheimer’s Society as its chosen charity for the third successive year. It was chosen because of the growing evidence of a link between uncorrected hearing loss and dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care is a family run business which was established in 1938. It has 176 stores in England and Wales, with 1,000 employees. For more information, visit

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