Renovations begin for dementia hub in Bury St Edmunds

Mayor of St Edmundsbury Julia Wakelam and Amanda Bloomfield mark the start of renovations with supporters
Mayor of St Edmundsbury Julia Wakelam and Amanda Bloomfield mark the start of renovations with supporters

A Bury St Edmunds charity is celebrating the start of building renovations for a hub which is helping those affected by dementia.

Gatehouse, in Dettingen Way, has launched phase one of the work on the dementia hub and held a ceremony to thank all those who have donated to the project.

Councillor Julia Wakelam, Colin Kennedy, Amanda Bloomfield - CEO of Gatehouse, Elaine Channen - Dementia Hub Facilitator and Garry Clark - Owner of The Bear Inn.

Councillor Julia Wakelam, Colin Kennedy, Amanda Bloomfield - CEO of Gatehouse, Elaine Channen - Dementia Hub Facilitator and Garry Clark - Owner of The Bear Inn.

The work, which will be completed by the end of this week, will introduce new entrances for the hub and charity’s furniture store to create a clear barrier between the two facilities.

Chief executive Amanda Bloomfield said: “We’re really pleased to get the first phase of the project up and running .

“We’ve a positive outlook that we will raise the funds to complete the project and this will provide services to all those affected by dementia in west Suffolk. I look forward to a future providing good quality dementia safe and secure services.”

The charity raised £82,500 for the project and needs to raise another £100,000 to complete phase two to introduce a lift to enable the use of the first floor.

Hannah Clark, Elaine Channen (front left) and  Linda Karran (back left) at the White Stuff store.

Hannah Clark, Elaine Channen (front left) and Linda Karran (back left) at the White Stuff store.

The hub is already running dementia services including luncheon clubs, carer support groups and music therapy. Phase two will allow them to expand with further groups such as chiropody, hairdressing and education sessions.

Meanwhile, dementia hub facilitator Elaine Channen recently delivered an information session to staff at Galloway Coaches, in Mendlesham, to allow them to enhance their services.

Gatehouse recently received £1,700 from the Bear Inn, in Beyton, which chose to support the charity through its regular pub quiz.

In addition, cousins Hannah Clark, who runs The Old Cannon Brewery, in Bury, and the Bear Inn, and Linda Karran, a customer host at White Stuff, joined forces in their support for Gatehouse. Hannah donated a meal for two at The Old Cannon for the White Stuff monthly charity raffle.

Elaine Channen teaching staff at Galloway Coach Travel to be dementia friends

Pictured: Jim Gatley (Driver) and Elaine Channen


PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Elaine Channen teaching staff at Galloway Coach Travel to be dementia friends Pictured: Jim Gatley (Driver) and Elaine Channen PICTURE: Mecha Morton

To donate, visit https://localgiving.org/charity/gatehouse