A charity that supports people with dementia and their carers has been given a £7,500 boost by Maidenhead Rotary Club.
The money was presented to David Jannetta, founder and chairman of Alzheimers Dementia Support (ADS), when he was the guest speaker at the club on Monday (November 13).
It was raised by club member Rotarian Yvonne Johnsson-Mullin through car boot sales and hosting summer charity lunches in her garden.
Mr Jannetta told the club dementia is not a disease just experienced by old people. It affects
many who are only in their forties and fifties. The youngest person who has been diagnosed with the illness is a three-year-old.
He started the ADS charity 13 years ago and has helped thousands of sufferers and their carers over the years. It covers Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead, Slough and Langley and last year offered help to 7,000 people.
There are nearly a million people living with dementia in England, but it touches twice that number if their careers are included.
Unfortunately, reliable medication is still some time off. So in the meantime David and his team, with the help of 100 volunteers, are working hard to help sufferers and their families in the area.
Popular activities are singing and dancing, sitting exercises, tea parties, picnics and general outings including visits to Buckingham Palace.
Mr Jannetta said: “Thanks to the Rotarians on behalf of everyone at ADS for the extremely generous donation of £7,500. This is very much appreciated and every penny will be fully utilised on the delivery of our services.”