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Richmond Rotarians Support Care Charity in the Town
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Richmond Rotarians Support Care Charity in the Town
Pam Dawson, Joyce Clarke & Allan Reed
Richmond Rotary Club have donated £1000 to the Friends of Garget Walker House Day Care Centre, to help support sufferers of dementia in Richmond.

Garget Walker House Day Care Centre, which is situated on Olav Road, Richmond, was purpose built for sufferers of dementia and is the largest of five day care centres in the region run by the Alzheimer’s Society. 

Mrs Pam Dawson, Support Services Manager of the Alzheimer’s Society for Richmondshire and Hambleton, said: "Dementia Care is the biggest health and social care challenge facing our society today. The statistics show that there are currently 100 different types of dementia and 1 in 4 people with dementia in the UK are not currently being diagnosed as sufferers. 

"Whilst Dementia can afflict the young as well as the old it is a fact that today there are more sufferers because on average our population is living longer. The vision of the Alzheimer’s Society is a world free from dementia but whilst there are sufferers the society will continue to fund research and provide care." 

Richmond Rotary Club President, Allan Reed, presented the cheque for £1000 to Mrs Joyce Clarke, Treasurer to the Friends of Garget Walker House Day Care Centre. Mr Reed, who visited the centre last year, said: "The centre is a wonderful place for both carers and sufferers of dementia, it is clear that the centre provides the opportunity for respite for the carer whilst the sufferer is well looked after during their day at the centre."

The Richmond Rotary Club will support the work of the Friends of Garget Walker House Day Care Centre during Mr Reeds year in office.

The Friends group was set up by founders Doris Garget and Kath Walker who’s respective husbands had been sufferers of dementia. The Friends undertake various fundraising activities throughout the year to help the work of the dementia support team. 

The Friends fundraising has already provided a conservatory extension to the building, a recent development of the garden and the Dementia Café where carers as well as sufferers can come together for relaxation in pleasant surroundings.

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