09:31AM, Wednesday 11 January 2012
A charity offering support and advice for people living with dementia has received a welcome £2,500 boost from the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Trust.
Alzheimers Dementia Support (ADS) was set up in October by the former committee of the Maidenhead branch of the Alzheimer's Society. The charity offers two advice and support helplines, drop-in centres and lunch clubs for people with dementia and their carers in Maidenhead, Windsor and Slough.
Chairman David Jannetta is encouraged by the number of people being referred by the NHS and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
He said: "The donation is a truly wonderful gesture which we have committed to ensure will be spent in it's entirety on service provision for people with dementia and their carers, within our local community."
The charity is planning to start a Singing for Pleasure group and launch an Alzheimers cafe on February 1, as well as opening a charity shop to replace the Alzheimer's Society shop in the High Street which closed last year.
The donation will help keep the services free for users, to cover things the charity is charged for, meaning it can help more people.
David added: "I'm absolutely thrilled - the trust has been very supportive to us in the past under the Alzheimer's Society guise and donated money to us every year."
This year's donation was bigger than ever before and David added: "People have far more confidence in giving a donation to something where they know that the money is going to be spent locally."
The charity has already helped between 300-500 people and is run by a 'substantial team' of volunteers but more people are still needed as befrienders and to help at the drop in sessions and lunches.
For help and advice, or to volunteer, contact Christine Price on 07516 165665 or Terrie Hall on 07516 165647.
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