Eric Ollerenshaw column: Dementia care in our district is an extremely important issue

Eric Ollerenshaw MP
Eric Ollerenshaw MP

With the pressure on last week I managed to make it clear that if fracking goes ahead then communities affected must be able to see a substantial compensation scheme, together with a share in the profits for investment in Lancashire when the gas runs out!

Lancashire when the gas runs out!

I am hoping to secure a full debate in Parliament on the issue before the end of the month and will of course keep everyone posted.

Locally I attended a charity event at the Kashish Restaurant here in Lancaster in aid of Help for Heroes.

I would like to thank the organisers for this great evening with delicious food in aid of this very worthy cause.

If you would like more information on Help for Heroes please visit

Another charity effort that I have been supporting locally is the work of the local BT Web Solutions team on Lancaster Business Park, in their efforts to raise money for Dreamflight.

Dreamflight is a children’s charity that that changes young lives through taking seriously ill and disabled children, without their parents, on the holiday of a lifetime to Florida.

If you would like more information on Help for Heroes please visit

I also met with Lancashire Care NHS Trust to discuss their work locally in particular the future of Dementia Care in our area. The consultation which will conclude in October is looking at various options for ‘critical’ dementia beds in our area but also looking at other methods, such as training in Residential Homes, so that sufferers do not get to the stage where they need a ‘critical’ bed. The issue for the future is where are the ‘critical’ beds going to be based for Lancashire and clearly what are the transport arrangements for what are too often elderly partners.

Finally I attended Forton’s Annual Field Day at the weekend which is now in its 62nd year.

Thankfully the rain managed to stay away for most of this great event, which also gave me the opportunity to take longer looking around the fantastic displays, especially the miniature gardens.