PEOPLE living with dementia were the beneficiaries from the town’s first ever vintage collectors and memorabilia fair.

Held at the Bonded Warehouse earlier this year, the special event was created and organised by Stourbridge businessman Jim Cadman and his wife Pat in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

The event went on to raise £2,140 for the charity in support of its local services, research and campaigning for people living with the condition.

Jim said: “It has been a pleasure working with the dedicated people who look after those living with dementia in recent months and we will continue to support them in the future.

“We are already making plans for the second Stourbridge Vintage Collectors and Memorabilia Fair next year.

“My wife and I will also be visiting local dementia cafes in Brierley Hill, Dudley and Wolverhampton in the autumn of this year to talk about the great Hollywood films of the 1950s and 60s.

“We will be taking a collection of photographs, magazines and film posters from the period that we hope will stimulate some happy memories for those attending.”

As part of the fair, a selection of the items donated were put into ‘Memorabilia Boxes’ and used during talks and to stimulate discussion at dementia café groups across the Black Country.

Emma Dowler, community fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Our thanks go to Jim Cadman and his wife Pat for raising vital funds and supplying us with memory boxes to be used at our local dementia cafes.

“We rely heavily on the generosity of individuals and the support from Jim has been fantastic, not only in raising money but also helping us to raise awareness in the media and in the community about dementia.”