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Support for Gatehouse’s dementia hub plans




Julia Wakelam with Belinda Johnston, from Our Special Friends; Gill and Katherine Luncheon Club memebers; Lorraine Clarke and Lynsey Coote, from Clarkecare; Jim Robertson who has volunteered to clean the tank with Elaine Channen and Amanda Bloomfield, from Gatehouse 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160308-154652009
Julia Wakelam with Belinda Johnston, from Our Special Friends; Gill and Katherine Luncheon Club memebers; Lorraine Clarke and Lynsey Coote, from Clarkecare; Jim Robertson who has volunteered to clean the tank with Elaine Channen and Amanda Bloomfield, from Gatehouse 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160308-154652009

A vital Bury St Edmunds charity is half way towards its £160,000 fund-raising target to create a hub for those affected by dementia.

Gatehouse has brought in about £80,000 for the project to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for dementia services following people’s journey from prediagnosis to end of life care.

Lorraine Clarke and Lynsey Coote, from Clarkecare, with Jim Robertson who has volunteered to clean the tank 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160308-154734009
Lorraine Clarke and Lynsey Coote, from Clarkecare, with Jim Robertson who has volunteered to clean the tank 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160308-154734009

The charity needs to revamp its Dettingen Way base and aims for the new facility to be open by spring 2017.

It received a boost from Armstrong Funeral Service, which sponsored a room for the hub plus provided a projection and DVD player.

Amanda Bloomfield, chief executive of Gatehouse, said they are looking for other businesses to lend support. “We’re really pleased to see businesses coming onboard and taking part in creating a service that will help the community as a whole,” she said.

The charity also received a fish tank from Our Special Friends for its lunch club for people with dementia and fish were provided by Clarkecare. Our Special Friends ensures those in need continue to enjoy contact with animals and brings in a dog Simi to Gatehouse once a week. Visit www.ourspecialfriends.com

St Edmundsbury Mayor Julia Wakelam opens the room with Nick Armstrong, proprietor of Armstrongs; Amanda Bloomfield and Elanie Channen dementia hub.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-161008-154302009
St Edmundsbury Mayor Julia Wakelam opens the room with Nick Armstrong, proprietor of Armstrongs; Amanda Bloomfield and Elanie Channen dementia hub.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-161008-154302009

Gatehouse will hold its 30th anniversary ball at Boxted Hall on September 17 with a VIP dinner and concert featuring Cody Pennington. For tickets call Amanda on 01284 754967.

Belinda Johnston from Our Special Friends with terrier Rolo''Picture Mark Westley ANL-160308-154759009
Belinda Johnston from Our Special Friends with terrier Rolo''Picture Mark Westley ANL-160308-154759009


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