A Flintshire theatre is taking on a challenge in aid of a cause that supports people with early-onset dementia or memory loss and their carers.

Each year the Big Give teams up with charities, philanthropists, and the public to raise money by match funding donations made by the public with a champion funder.

This year Theatr Clwyd is taking on the challenge, raising money for Arts From The Armchair.

Dementia affects one in 14 people over the age of 65, and one in six over the age of 80. The likelihood of developing dementia roughly doubles every five years.

Getting a dementia diagnosis is highly significant for both the patient and the carer and has a huge impact on wellbeing and relationships. As well as challenges in day to day living, both the patient and the carer experience social isolation, low mood, and stress.

Developed in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the weekly workshops support referred patients and their carer by helping them adjust to their new 'normal', following diagnosis.

Using varied art forms and the specialist skills of the Theatr Clwyd company, the activities help to stimulate declining brain and memory function, build self confidence and give a shared joyful experience which creates new memories. Carers also benefit from invaluable respite and a support network.

Match funding for this project has been provide by The Reed Foundation when donations are made through the Big Give website. This means every £1 raised can be doubled! This will make a huge different to continue the work of these life changing workshops.

Your charitable donation could provide:

£5 will buy refreshments for one session so that participants can enjoy a shared moment and feel the support of others.

£10 will provide craft materials for a session allowing creativity which is great for building memories and confidence

£50 covers the cost of room hire providing a familiar and accessible space for participants

£100 allows Theatr Clwyd to create costumes, props and scenic artistry for participants to engage with

£500 pays for a second practitioner to be involved with the sessions, providing more in depth one to on experiences.

£2500 could fund a whole term of workshops to give life-changing support

The campaign starts on November 30, and runs for one week only. To find out more visit www.theatrclwyd.com/give/big-give or alternatively go to the Big Give website and search for Theatr Clwyd.