11:19AM, Thursday 26 April 2012
Another blow has been dealt to mental health services in Maidenhead with the announcement that a popular respite care service will close next month.
The day support service offered at Memory Lane will stop on May 31 due to a lack of funding.
Run by the Alzheimer's Society at Highview in North Road, it provides a place for dementia sufferers to go on Thursdays and Fridays, giving their carers a break.
Meetings were held on Thursday and Friday at which the 12 users of the service were told it would shut.
Linda Barnes, locality manager for the charity, said it had tried to find further funding but had been unsuccessful.
Other services offered by the charity at Memory Lane, including a social club on Tuesdays, will be unaffected.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead dropped its annual funding for the charity to £25,000 last year. It was unable to confirm the previous amount.
In a statement it said it was 'disappointing' the service at Memory Lane could not be maintained.
The borough has offered users of the respite service an alternative - a place at the Boyn Grove Community Resource Centre.
The announcement follows the decision made in January to close Charles Ward at St Mark's Hospital, which used to offer a respite service through its Charles Day Clinic.
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