Foodstore’s help for dementia sufferers

Help in store: Anglia Co-operative Market Deeping foodstore community champions Georgina Horsley (right) and Celia White (left), with duty manager Leon Afford (third left) present their cheque to Dementia Support South Lincs' Heather Gilling, Kate Marshall, committee member Trish Lord and Kathy Gartrell.
Help in store: Anglia Co-operative Market Deeping foodstore community champions Georgina Horsley (right) and Celia White (left), with duty manager Leon Afford (third left) present their cheque to Dementia Support South Lincs' Heather Gilling, Kate Marshall, committee member Trish Lord and Kathy Gartrell.
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STAFF and customers at a Market Deeping foodstore are helping to maintain a “lifeline” service for dementia sufferers and their families in the area.

A year of fundraising at the Anglia Co-operative store in Godsey Lane has generated over £1,600 for Dementia Support South Lincs – an independent group helping around 150 local families touched by the condition.

And the store has pledged to continue to fundraise for the group throughout 2012 – aiming to give it another four-figure boost.

Dementia Support South Lincs provides support groups in Deeping, Stamford and Bourne, as well as providing a special group for younger sufferers and regular social activities.

Chairman Heather Gilling experiences the value of the group first-hand as her husband, John, was diagnosed with dementia in 2003.

She says: “The group is very much a lifeline. Dementia is a horrible condition affecting people in different ways and through the group you realise you’re not alone.”