£50k boost for dementia appeal

£50k boost for dementia appeal

Warminster’s new Dementia Centre took a step closer to reality after the charity behind it received a £50,000 donation.

Wiltshire charity Alzheimer’s Support was thrilled to receive the grant from the Wolfson Foundation, which will cover much of the costs of transforming The Old Silk Works in Beech Avenue. However the charity is still appealing for funds to equip and furnish the new centre. Chief Executive Babs Harris said:

“This is brilliant news. It really is the best Christmas present we could have wished for. We are so grateful to the Wolfson Foundation for supporting this project. Work is already underway on the building and we have had fantastic community support, but this finally makes our dream a reality.”

When fully renovated, The Old Silk Works will provide a purpose-designed day club and activity rooms as well as bases for the charity’s specialist staff and meeting space for the community.

Mrs Harris said: “Opening a dementia centre in Warminster has been a dream of ours for many years. The first floor of this beautiful Victorian building offers everything we need, and will give us a base from which to provide much-needed support to people living with dementia and their carers across south west Wiltshire.”

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation said, “The Wolfson Foundation is a charity that supports excellence, including in healthcare.  Dementia is a growing health issue in the UK. It affects not only those suffering with it, but also their loved ones.  We were very impressed by this project: Alzheimer’s Support have shown very clearly that there is a significant need in south west Wiltshire, and have matched that with a very creative and compassionate response.”

The charity launched a local fundraising appeal last month to help equip the building and has already raised more than £7,000 from a variety of sources including local fundraising. Around £30,000 is now still needed to help furnish and equip the new venue. For fundraising ideas or to donate see www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk.

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