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Opening ceremony for Bury St Edmunds dementia hub as first two phases complete




Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Margaret Marks cuts the ribbon with Amanda Bloomfield, Gatehouse CEO; Elaine Channen, Dementia Hub Facilitator, and Julia Wakelam, Gatehouse chair. Picture: Mark Westley.
Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Margaret Marks cuts the ribbon with Amanda Bloomfield, Gatehouse CEO; Elaine Channen, Dementia Hub Facilitator, and Julia Wakelam, Gatehouse chair. Picture: Mark Westley.

A Bury St Edmunds charity has celebrated the completion of the first two phases of its dementia hub.

Gatehouse, in Dettingen Way, raised £184,000 to remodel and refurbish its building to provide a dementia-friendly environment for clients as well as space to support carers.

Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Margaret Marks, who supports Gatehouse as one of her mayoral charities, performed an opening ceremony on Wednesday.

Chief executive Amanda Bloomfield said: "We at Gatehouse believe that no-one should have to face dementia alone and through increasing our services and improving our building, we are able to offer more and better support, information and advice for people who are living with dementia and their families - improving their lives and enabling them to remain independent for longer."

To complete the hub, the charity needs to raise another £35,000 to provide a therapy/activity room and improve access to the other services Gatehouse runs.

We at Gatehouse believe that no-one should have to face dementia alone - Amanda Bloomfield

Julia Wakelam, chair of trustees, added: "We want to give a big thank you to everyone who has helped get us to this stage.

"Your generosity is what makes Gatehouse's vital work for the people of West Suffolk possible. Our clients are already benefitting hugely from these improvements."

She thanked Feilden & Mawson Architects who gave their services for free and contractors HG Frost, who have worked with 'great sensitivity' to the clients.



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