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Double celebrations for Gatehouse Dementia Hub after trip to seaside and council funding




Suffolk Norse provided Gatehouse with a 54 seat coach for the charity's trip to FelixstowePictured: Cllr Patrick Chung, Elaine Channen (Gatehouse), Driver with Suffolk Norse, Clients, Carers and FamilyPICTURE: Mecha Morton (1987399)
Suffolk Norse provided Gatehouse with a 54 seat coach for the charity's trip to FelixstowePictured: Cllr Patrick Chung, Elaine Channen (Gatehouse), Driver with Suffolk Norse, Clients, Carers and FamilyPICTURE: Mecha Morton (1987399)

Carers, volunteers and service-users from the Gatehouse Dementia Hub in Bury St Edmunds enjoyed a sunny day at the seaside on one of its annual trips.

The group, which was joined by Deputy Mayor Patrick Chung, boarded the 54-seat coach, provided by Suffolk Norse, to Felixstowe on Tuesday, May 15.

Amanda Bloomfield, Gatehouse CEO, said: "It was a really good day out and it was a lovely, glorious sunny day. Everyone enjoyed it."

The trip, which Gatehouse organises twice a year to ensure all clients get the chance to go, saw the group tuck in to a fish and chips lunch by the sea before paddling in the water.

"We'd like to thank Suffolk Norse for providing the coach, without which we couldn't take some of the more frail clients out for the day. It's often their only chance to go to an alternative venue and enjoy the sights and sounds of a coastal resort so it means a lot," said Amanda.

"I'd also like to thank our volunteers who came along to help. For trips like this, we need a certain ratio of volunteers to clients and so couldn't have done it without them."

The Dementia Hub is also celebrating after being granted £14,000 of funding by Bury St Edmunds Town Council, which will go towards installing a lift for those who have difficulty getting up and down stairs.

"It's great to hear positive feedback from the council about what we're trying to do. We're very grateful for the support," said Amanda.



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