Gatehouse enjoy a trip to Felixstowe, courtesy of Bury Round Table
Members of Bury St Edmunds charity Gatehouse enjoyed a day at the seaside, on an all-expenses paid trip to Felixstowe.
A 45-strong group, comprising residents living with dementia and charity staff who care for them, boarded a coach to the coast on Wednesday, May 15.
Bury Round Table, a men’s group promoting friendship, fun activities and charity work, raised around £500 to sponsor the event.
Amanda Bloomfield, Gatehouse chief executive, said: “It was a really nice day, everybody enjoyed it.
“It was really successful, we even had fish and chips. I want to say a big thank you to Bury Round Table for organising this. They have supported us a couple of times in the past with events.”
Gatehouse supports Bury by providing a dementia hub, a foodbank and a furniture warehouse.
The charity has further trips lined up, including a visit to Banham Zoo. Councillor Patrick Chung, a trustee of the charity, was among those to gather for the coach’s departure.
Charlie Athorne, chairman of Bury Round Table, said: “We have worked with Gatehouse for a few years and what they do for the town is amazing.
“Rather than just donating a cheque of money, we wanted to provide a day out. It is nice to see what our money is going towards.
“What Gatehouse offers to people with dementia and their carers is respite. The beach is a second home for me, but it is not easy for everybody, so we thought what a wonderful day to go and spend the day. It is the sort of thing they might not be able to do on their own, so to go as a group they will know there is support there for them.”
Charlie has recently opened the café No 5 Angel Hill with his wife Tanya, a venture he says has been successful so far.
He is also chairman of the Round Table in his spare time – a role usually held for one year. The decision to sponsor the Felixstowe trip was made by the whole board. Charlie joined vice-chairman Dan Rogers to wave the coach off from Bury as it departed for Felixstowe.
“They really enjoyed the day,” Charlie added. “I saw they had rubber rings and inflatables packed, so they looked like they were in for a fun time.”