Bluebells Receives First Donation in Memory of One its Members

Agnes Mackrell was a regular member of Bluebells Day Centre for over 5 years before she recently passed away.  Yesterday, (Thursday) Agnes’ daughter, Mary Jenkins presented a cheque to the charity for £880 from Agnes’ funeral collection.

Mary said, “My mother used to come three times a week and loved Bluebells.  When it closed I used to bring her to the Memory cafe and I was pleased to hear that Bluebells had reopened.  Someone suggested Bluebells when she moved up here from Southampton.  My Mum was very social and friendly.  It also gave me a break from caring.  It’s like a big family because it’s not large and it’s very personal.  She just loved to chat to people and she enjoyed the word games and quizzes plus she really liked the entertainers. It was very sad when Bluebells closed through the cut in funding.”

Julia, a staff member at Bluebells recalled Agnes fondly and said, “We used to call it the Agnes’ investigation when a new person joined.  She loved to chat to new people and to find out all about them and their lives.”

Councillor Glen Lambert, Chair of the Bluebells charity said, “This is first donation from a former Bluebell and it’s really nice amount too.  It’s lovely to meet Mary today and to hear about how Agnes enjoyed the club.  She was very well thought of by the staff who remembered her well.  We will put the money towards the funding of the new opening of the club on a Monday from September and to pay for an entertainer in Agnes’ memory.”

The club is open on Thursdays between 10.30-3.30pm at the Christ Church Centre on Reading Road and will be opening from September on a Monday (same hours).  To register your interest call Suri on 07931 980597 or email

This month, you can also support Bluebells by putting your green token in their box in the Waitrose community matters charity scheme.