THE Dementia Community Roadshow stopped off at Becketts Farm in Wythall on Friday, to raise awareness of the hundreds of people affected by the disease across Redditch and Bromsgrove.

Alzheimer's Society, which runs the national roadshow tour, estimates there to be 2,300 people living with dementia in the two towns alone.

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid turned out for the visit, where charity volunteers gave free advice to passersby.

Mr Javid said: "A lot of hard work is going into building dementia friendly communities and it is great to see Wythall joining in as I believe there are nearly 200 of them.

"I was glad to come along and support Becketts Farm, Wythall Parish Council and Alzheimer’s Society in raising awareness about dementia.”

The event was organised by the parish council, with help from Wythall life assurance firm Phoenix Group and Age UK.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chair of Wythall Parish Council, said: "Over the last few months, everyone I have spoken to has been touched by dementia.

"We just want to make Wythall a dementia friendly community to enable people to live life to the full.

"Our ambition is to set up a dementia action alliance in Wythall and we want to be out there for people that need support.”

The council will be holding a pop-up dementia support event at Woodrush Leisure Centre in Shawhurst Lane on October 19 from 2pm to 4pm. Call the Alzheimer's Society on 01905 621868 for more details.