Belfast Telegraph

Bangor man's barber shop for dementia patients cuts it with award

By Victoria Leonard

Northern Ireland's first dementia-friendly barber has said he is "overwhelmed" after receiving an award.

Lenny White (36) travels around nursing homes, hospitals and day centres recreating the authentic old-time barber's shop experience for nursing home residents suffering from dementia.

The Bangor man's pop-up barber shop - featuring a swirling barber's pole, jukebox and traditional wet shaves - helps male pensioners with the condition relive their youth in a safe and friendly environment.

He has received an outstanding contribution prize at the Northern Ireland Dementia Friendly Awards.

Lenny, who undertook an Alzheimer's Society course in how to make his business dementia-friendly, said it was a pleasure to make their lives happier.

He added: "I'm overwhelmed to get this award. This award is for all the men who I provide this service to every day. It's a pleasure to provide the dementia-friendly barber service and make their lives happier."

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