SEVENOAKS won the Dementia Friendly Community [DFC] Award last week, with Tonbridge among the runners-up.
The National Trust property Knole House was also recognised as the best Dementia Friendly Company with less than 250 staff.
Abbey Funeral Services in Tonbridge High Street was a finalist in that category. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges all of whom live with dementia.
The Tonbridge organisers graciously acknowledged the achievements of their neighbours, and said: “Beaten by Sevenoaks, worthy winners who already do all that we would aspire to do in Tonbridge. Maybe next year. Congratulations Sevenoaks DFC.”
Tracey Schneider of Dementia Friendly Kent said: “They’ve done so much work in Sevenoaks with the Well Being days at Knole, the dementia friendly café and the Run, Walk or Push event. These were impacting pieces of work and it quite blew the judges away.”
The Forget Me Not Café is run by The Good Care Group and Home Instead Senior Care.
They also organised the charity fun run in Knole Park raising £4,500.
The stately home offered advice to carers, Tai Chi, massage, laughter therapy and foot healthcare, improved access and created sensory tours.