Phyllis Court Club Raises £25,000 for Dementia Charities

Phyllis Court presented two cheques to two dementia charities at their AGM yesterday. The Chairman of Phyllis Court, Barry Jackson, presented Lee Mathers, Director of Fundraising at Alzheimer’s Dementia Support (ADS), and Jenny Vertigan. Area Manager West, from Younger People with Dementia (YPWD) each with a cheque for £12,500. 

The funds were raised by the Charity at Phyllis Court Group (CAPC), formed in 2022 to ensure members of the Club could raise money for local charities and support local community projects.  Money was raised through a variety of events that took place last year and included a Quiz Night,  ‘Hotfooted’ shoe sales, a 60’s Night, daily raffles that took place throughout Henley Royal Regatta, and a Christmas Fair. 

Caroline Blanchette, Joint Director of Clinical and Operational Support Services from YPWD charity, said “We were blown away by the amount raised, this will make such a difference to the lives of those living with young onset dementia, thank you.”

Jenny Vertigan YPWD, added, “It is great to have this opportunity to spread the word about early onset dementia as this is normally associated with older people.”

Lee Mathers (ADS) said, “We are thankful to receive the donation and grateful to the CAPC for their fantastic efforts to achieve such an amazing amount, and we can continue to support those affected by Alzheimer’s or Dementia, ensuring their continued access to a range of advice and support when it is needed most.” 

Younger People with Dementia, formed in 2012, has grown year on year, both in the numbers of the carers that it supports and those diagnosed with young onset dementia who attend age-appropriate weekday workshops across Berkshire and Surrey Heath, NE Hants and Farnham. Whilst traditional support services provided for those with dementia are designed to meet the needs and expected therapeutic outcomes of older adults, YPWD focuses its work on providing access to activities appropriate for younger adults with dementia as well as encouraging carer respite across the working week and giving all carers the chance to take a break.

Alzheimer’s Dementia Support (‘ADS”) charity offers constructive practical guidance and a wide range of services to help people in the local community whose lives are directly or indirectly affected by Dementia.

Barry Jackson, Chairman of Phyllis Court said, “We are privileged to be part of such a great club and it is important to consider supporting the community in which we live.  It is why, in 2022, I felt it was important to set up the Charity group to raise money for local projects and we are delighted at its success.”

Also in attendance were representatives of the Charity at Phyllis Court chosen charities for 2024, ABC to Read which helps children who are struggling to read and Clear Sky, a children’s charity that is a leading provider of play and creative arts therapy services for schools, professionals and families to assist in the emotional well-being of children.


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