The Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group, a Hull charity that cares for people and families fighting dementia, this month celebrates 10 years of service.
Of course, a diary of face-to-face events to mark their achievements has been put on hold until later in the year.
Spoken word artists Michelle Dee said: “This weekend I was due to be performing inside Hull Minster for the Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group Tenth Birthday celebrations. Below is the piece I developed with the Thursday group of members and carers just a few weeks ago. It is the last in a quartet of poems for a wider event/workshop series called The Butterfly Effect that responded to themes from Hull City of Culture 2017.”
Tell the World
Butterflies is love, a warm embrace
That picks you up and brings you
To a far happier place. Never underestimate
The good that can be done, while sharing stories
Talking and laughing over a cup of tea.
Coming to Butterflies has changed our lives
A few precious hours with friends old and new.
Here’s the uplifting Princess Sara
She will pull you out the pit.
A sit down and catch up with Yvonne
And her dreams of living the good life
Growing veggies in designer wellies.
And June, ten years on, still making her dad proud.
A legacy to live in a dementia friendly city.
Smile: we are living our best lives
There is salvation inside soaring voices
A reminder to appreciate the little things.
Pounding herbs and spices,
All the flavours, the good with the bad
In a pestle and mortar, just like life is.
Doing it from scratch, that’s where it’s at.
Putting all the pieces of the puzzle together
Slotting each one in, to see the full picture,
The path to take, the right steps to make…
Now get ya glad rags on cos we are going dancing.
Robbies Bar on little Hedon Road. Moving and
Grooving in jumpers that sparkle under the disco light
Dancing all night sporting a flashy hat.
Now listen in for another heart-stopping tale
From the post master general.
But what’s this?
A real-life flying ace in our midst?
Raising dementia awareness.
“This is your captain speaking,
we are currently wing-walking,
cruising at an altitude of 800 feet.”
It is amazing what you can achieve
All Hail the volunteers, whose selflessness
Keeps us aloft, a moment to recognise
Without them we’d be lost.
See the shiny new butterfly sculpture
Intricately built from found items and dinner forks,
By Sarah J and the men, on a Tuesday.
To pay tribute to a milestone reached
To Celebrate a Happy 10th Butterflies Birthday
In our beautiful new home
On King Edward Street.
Escape on butterfly wings
And sing “We will be heard, we will be seen.”
Dementia maybe an invisible illness
But we won’t be invisible ourselves.
Making plans for the future, making the effort
To take time out for yourself.
Then a break in a warmer climate
Let some sunshine in on the years,
Given to care-giving.
Working together. Moving forward.
Making a difference.
Telling the World.
[Jerome Whittingham – editor HULL IS THIS]