Bob's Brainwaves goes to Parliament

​A new initiative to help those living with dementia has gone from strength to strength in its first quarter.
Victoria Atkins MP (right) with the Bob's Brainwaves committee in Parliament.Victoria Atkins MP (right) with the Bob's Brainwaves committee in Parliament.
Victoria Atkins MP (right) with the Bob's Brainwaves committee in Parliament.

​Chris Suich, wife of former East Lindsey District Council head of Leisure and Tourism Bob Suich, launched a new care pack in Bob's name called Bob's Brainwaves, which can be distributed out to families and carers of those living with dementia.

The packs include necessary forms needed to apply for funding and help including blue badge parking applications, DVLA forms, attendance allowance, and the Herbert Protocol.

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There is also information of local groups and organisations that can offer support, and even activities to keep the brainwaves of someone living with dementia ticking over, as well as widgits to help with communication.

After receiving a huge amount of support for this initiative, including from Louth & Horncastle MP and Health Secretary Victoria Atkins, Chris officially launched Bob’s Brainwaves on January 31, and on Monday (April 29) was invited with the committee to Parliament to meet Victoria to provide an update on how the initiative is doing.

Chris said: “Victoria has been really supportive and she was very interested to hear how our progress was going, and how much positive feedback we’ve had.”

Victoria Atkins said: “It was wonderful to welcome the inspirational team behind Bob’s Brainwaves into Parliament.“Bob’s Brainwaves is such a fantastic local initiative supporting local carers whose loved ones have been diagnosed with dementia.

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"I’m so pleased to hear that great progress has been made since their launch earlier this year and how they are already seeking to expand their good work further across Lincolnshire.”

Bob’s Brainwaves has seen a huge amount of positive feedback and requests for help, Chris said, with 5,813 page views since February 1 and 179 downloads of the packs in just three weeks – and now the initiative is set to be explanded into West Lindsey as well.

"the reson that Bob’s Brainwaves is so successful is because it’s got everything people could possibly want at the beginning of their journey – people say to us that we’ve thought of everything,” Chris said, “That’s what makes it unique and it shows that someone cares about their plight.”

Chris’s friend Fay Gorwood has just completed a skydive and raised more than £4,000 in aid of Bob’s Brainwaves – read more here.

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Chris is set to visit Rotary clubs and dementia cafes in the West Lindsey district over the coming weeks, and is hoping to gain the support of MP Sir Edward Leigh.

To find out more about Bob’s Brainwaves, and to seek help, visit