Fundraising for support group

From left, Georgina Horsley, Darren Hammond, Kate Marshall, chairman of Dementia Support South Lincs Heather Gilling and Celia White
From left, Georgina Horsley, Darren Hammond, Kate Marshall, chairman of Dementia Support South Lincs Heather Gilling and Celia White
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A YEAR of fundraising by a supermarket has generated more than £1,600 for charity.

Staff and customers at the Anglia Co-operative store in Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, raised the funds for Dementia Support South Lincs, an independent group that helps about 150 local families who are affected by dementia.

The money was raised by a number of activities, including in-store tombolas and raffles and a quiz night.

The store has also pledged to continue to raise funds for the cause for another year.

Shop worker Georgina Horsley said: “Dementia Support South Lincs provides such a vital service in the area and has to raise so much money so we decided we wanted to give the group our support.

“Our customers were so generous at every fundraising event and we know they’ll get behind everything we do this year for the group.”

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

The group needs £10,000 a year to keep its services running.

Group chairman Heather Gilling said: “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.

“We have a professional dementia worker in Kate Marshall, who advises and helps us cope, and the group sessions and social activities offer respite and the chance to let off steam and exchange experiences with other people in similar situations.

“Over and above that we need to find £10,000 a year just to keep the services of Kate so you can see how chuffed we are with the tremendous contribution from the store and its customers.”