Brendan and Sharon Ryan with Blue Care service manager Sue Hoopmann.
Brendan and Sharon Ryan with Blue Care service manager Sue Hoopmann.

Warwick Blue Care receives funding

WATCHING his maternal grandmother succumb to the diagnosis of dementia is a vision which has stayed with Brendan Ryan.

“We lost her slowly, but dementia affected her rapidly,” he said.

“She ended up totally dependent and in need of full-time care.”

Tragically, dementia affected both of his grandmothers: his paternal grandmother also battled the increasingly prevalent disease.

“It’s an illness that has affected both sides of my family, so I do have a vested interest in improving the respite and care facilities available locally,” Mr Ryan said.

“When my maternal grandmother was ill, she ended up needing to be put into care quickly. Places were limited in Warwick so she ended up in Clifton.

“That was difficult for my family and makes you appreciate just how much we need to ensure we have facilities to support families in Warwick.”

With this goal in mind Brendan and his wife Sharon donated $7500 to the local Dementia Support Group yesterday.

The gift – part of funds raised during Ryanie for Tyres’ charity auction and show and shine in May – takes the couple’s total contribution to the dementia group to $22,500 over three years.

Dementia Support Group’s Pam Eather welcomed the contribution and said it would go towards establishing a respite centre in the Rose City.

The Ryans also donated $7500 to Warwick Blue Care.

Mrs Ryan said the money would be used to assist the elderly, and others, remain in their homes longer with the support of Blue Care.

“My nana is 94 and able to stay living independently thanks to the support of social support services, like Blue Care,” Mrs Ryan said.

“So some of this money will go towards helping those who might be financially struggling to access the same support.”

Blue Care service manager Sue Hoopmann said the donation would also be used to purchase equipment and other facilities at the Warwick centre.

“Blue Care is only about 75 per cent government funded, so contributions like this help us enormously,” she said.



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