Sunderland dementia charity finds a new home with thousands donated for new minibus
A Sunderland charity formed only three years ago has had a ribbon cutting ceremony at new premises and is soon to buy a second minibus.
The organisation cares for dementia sufferers, whom they pick up and drop off, giving their carers a break. It had been based in Pennywell Business Centre but outgrew the building. It now shares the nearby Pennywell Neighbourhood Centre on Portsmouth Road.
Also present was benefactor Steve Smith, who has donated £18,000 towards a minibus. Transport is the charity’s biggest outlay. Seven year-old Anya Amer presented a cheque for the £250 she raised by completing the Junior Great North Run.
A man whose wife had been looked after by NEDC donated a new wheelchair and £200. Another carer, John Martin, gave £500.
Among the new facilities are a sensory room, a craft room named after Val Anderson who runs the crafts, a games room and a charity shop.
The carers who work there are all professionally qualified, but volunteers are a massive help.
Sandra said: “We had a lovely centre round the corner, but we couldn’t run any carers’ groups there because it was too small. We now have a meeting room where we can offer loads of help for carers.
“We’ll have a drop-in centre and hopefully a Saturday session so people can go shopping who might otherwise be stuck. When I was a carer, if I got a chance on a Saturday it was brilliant.
“The people who come here have tea and coffee on arrival. There are lots of stimulation exercises, family activities and a lady comes in once a week to do a singing session which they love.”
Sandra thanks many people including the family of Maureen Ord, Jill and Jackie, Mickey Dillon, Pennywell Neighbourhood Centre, Gary and Bev, Graham Hambleton, Scott and Eden Falkner, Neil Mawson and his plumbers, Anne Ganley, Deborah Watson, Nicole Falkner.
For more information call 07585 381336.