A HANDMADE Christmas tree made possible by the help of businesses and groups across the district has taken pride of place in St John's Church, Settle.

The six foot tree made up of colourful knitted and crocheted squares is the work of Dementia Forward clients, carers, volunteers, staff and supporters.

Work on the project began nine months ago when Dementia Forward support services manager, Claire Burke, came up with the idea of making a tree out of the squares knitted at the charity's groups and wellbeing cafes.

The idea was promoted via social media; Walker Foster Solicitors in the town offered to be a drop-off point for squares; King Cole donated wool, and Settle DIY donated chicken wire and canes for the tree's frame.

Squares came from all over the county and Steeton Hub even held a 'knitathon'.

Claire said: "It was a really community effort and we are so proud of the finished work. We would like to thank everyone involved."

Dementia Forward is running a coffee morning with homemade cakes at St John's Church, Settle on Wednesday, December 6 from 10.30am to 12 noon.

For dementia support and advice, call the Dementia Forward Helpline on 03300 578592 or email info@dementiaforward.org.uk.