Contractors refurbish Sunderland dementia day centre for free

In the foreground of the photo are John Paterson who is leading the project for Lloyd's Bank and Hazel Cuthbertson who is the Alzheiemer's Society regional operations manager for the North East
In the foreground of the photo are John Paterson who is leading the project for Lloyd's Bank and Hazel Cuthbertson who is the Alzheiemer's Society regional operations manager for the North East
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CONTRACTORS have joined forces to refurbish a Sunderland day centre for people living with Alzheimer’s.

A team of volunteers from organisations across the UK spent more than a week renovating the lounge and communal areas at the Princess of Wales Centre, in Hylton Road, Sunderland, including decorations and replacement fixtures and fittings.

The green-fingered gang was part of the One Construction Alliance (OCA) – a group of property services businesses, which run retail and office interior refurbishment schemes across the UK for Lloyds Banking Group.

It has been sprucing up the centre’s gardens with new planters and a fully-accessible garden with paths, seating and shaded areas.

With more than 250 days of volunteer work from all the partners, together with donated materials, furniture, plants, paint, tools and everything required for a full-blown construction project, it will be the equivalent of a six-figure spend.

Alzheimer’s Society regional operations manager for the North East, Hazel Cuthbertson, said: “Lloyds Banking Group has brought together a team with the skills and knowledge to make a difference to the lives of people who use the Princess of Wales Centre. A thoughtfully-designed building and warm environment are vital for those who live with the condition.

“There are almost 3,500 people who are living with dementia in Sunderland, and thanks to the commitment of the people in this initiative, Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers on Wearside will be able to offer better support than ever in the top-class surroundings, which people with the condition deserve.”

John Paterson, from Lloyds Bank, added: “Alzheimer’s Society is Lloyds Banking Group’s Charity of the year and we are looking forward to being part of the team that will make such a difference to this centre.”