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Bromley welcomes Dragons’ Den star Levi Roots to UK’s only dementia friendly café

PUBLISHED: 16:10 27 March 2018

Levi Roots with staff at Mission Caf�. Picture: David Madden

Levi Roots with staff at Mission Caf�. Picture: David Madden

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Levi Roots, star of Dragons’ Den and creator of Reggae Reggae sauce, visited Mission Café on Monday, March 26 to share an afternoon of conversation and music, celebrating the important work the café does to support vulnerable adults and those living with dementia.

The afternoon of conversation and music celebrated the work of the charity. Picture: David MaddenThe afternoon of conversation and music celebrated the work of the charity. Picture: David Madden

Located in The Mall, close to the High Street, Mission Café is the UK’s only dementia-friendly café which is open to everyone, six days a week.

Run by charity Mission Care, which provides residential and nursing care in South London, the café is designed and decorated to be accessible for vulnerable adults, and all staff at the have received dedicated dementia training.

Following National Conversation Week, Levi spent the afternoon chatting with residents of two of Mission Care’s homes, Greenhill in Oaklands Road and Love Walk in Denmark Hill.

Levi also treated all at Mission Café to a number of songs, including his famous jingle for Reggae Reggae Sauce and Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds.

Levi Roots with Agatha Samuels. Picture: David MaddenLevi Roots with Agatha Samuels. Picture: David Madden

He said: “Playing for an audience like this is one of the hardest gigs you can get as you want to be able to inspire them – they have certainly inspired me.

“Everyone was excited, as was I, but I was also a little bit scared to play for my elders because if they accept you, you know you are loved.

“I am so glad they accepted me today.”

Mission Café forms a central part of the charity’s Improving Lives initiative, which helps residents in Mission Care homes and vulnerable people in the wider area to stay active, feel appreciated and be part of the community.

Levi Roots entertained those visiting Mission Caf�. Picture: David MaddenLevi Roots entertained those visiting Mission Caf�. Picture: David Madden

Work of charities such as Mission Care has never been more necessary, with local authority budgets under huge pressure and loneliness increasingly being recognised as a serious health risk.

Hannah Jones, marketing manager at Mission Care, said: “It was a privilege to have Levi come and speak to some of our residents as well of members of the local community and treat us to some music.”

Local resident Carol Mullins said: “I’m a big fan of Levi and his Reggae Reggae sauce – meeting him made me feel like a teenager again.”

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