On song for revamped day centre

Pupils and staff from Bernard Gilpin Primary School at the re-opening of the Princess of Wales Centre in Sunderland

Pupils and staff from Bernard Gilpin Primary School at the re-opening of the Princess of Wales Centre in Sunderland

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Youngsters from a Wearside primary school helped charity staff to hit the high notes when they launched their revamped day care centre in style.

Pupils and teachers from Bernard Gilpin Primary School, in Houghton, headed to the Alzheimer’s Society Princess of Wales Centre to mark its official re-opening with musical entertainment.

As a school we feel really strongly about creating dementia-friendly communities, so the pupils jumped at the chance of making sure the centre got off to a great start,

Headteacher Andrew Bainbridge

They sang to people with dementia and their carers as well as staff at the Hylton Road complex, which has undergone a £160,000-facelift thanks to Lloyds Banking Group.

Headteacher Andrew Bainbridge said the pupils felt “honoured” to be asked to take part.

“As a school we feel really strongly about creating dementia-friendly communities, so the pupils jumped at the chance of making sure the centre got off to a great start,” said Mr Bainbridge.

“We want to do our best to make people who have dementia know they are valued members of our community and this was a way of the children showing that they really care about a disease that is affecting more and more families.”

John Patterson, who led the renovation project for the Lloyds Banking Group, said: “We wanted to leave a lasting legacy and I feel that is what we have achieved for people who are living with dementia in Sunderland.

“They deserve top-class facilities and I can say with my hand on my heart that is what we were determined to create for people with dementia, their carers and the Alzheimer’s Society team in Sunderland.”

n For more about the Alzheimer’s Society team call (0191) 5640890.