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Wymondham dementia cafe receives surprise £400 donation

PUBLISHED: 08:20 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:51 08 October 2018

Andy Rackham presents Dianne Fernee with two £200 cheques. Picture: Andy Rackham

Andy Rackham presents Dianne Fernee with two £200 cheques. Picture: Andy Rackham

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A dementia cafe in Wymondham has received a surprise donation of £400.

The Pabulum Cafe at the Fairland Church Centre welcomes people living with dementia and their carers every Friday, and last week, it also welcomed two £200 cheques.

Andy Rackham brought the cheques on behalf of APR Telecoms, where he is managing director, and Freemasonry Social Lodge Number 93, where he is a member.

Mr Rackham said he would continue to support “such a wonderful charity”.

He said: “I live in Wymondham and I like to support local charities and they are definitely one of my favourites and I will continue to support them. Every single volunteer who goes along to the cafe works love and care.

“I believe it is such a wonderful charity. What I love about it is that, unlike other charities that just support people with illnesses, they are every bit as much about the people that have to handle it.

“It breaks your heart to see some of these people, who are not just caring for someone living with dementia, they’re caring for their spouse, the person they’ve spent fifty years of their life living with who doesn’t even recognise them anymore.”

Dianne Fernee, organiser at the Pabulum Cafe, said they owed a lot to supporters like Mr Rackham.

She said: “Andy has been a great supporter for the nine years we’ve been going. He always just appears with a cheque and doesn’t make a fuss about it. I wasn’t expecting anything from him but it was lovely and it makes a real difference.

“We’re very lucky that people like Andy support us the way they do and allow us to keep doing what we do.”

Miss Fernee said the money would help the cafe with ongoing refurbishments.

She said: “The church have allowed us to use one of the smaller rooms at the back of the hall which we’re hoping to change into a carers’ meeting room and clinic room. Nurses will be able to meet people living with dementia there, rather than having to travel around, meaning they can see more people.

“We’re hoping to have a grand reopening on our ninth birthday on March 9. Fingers crossed.”

To find out more about the Pabulum Cafe, call Miss Fernee on 077127 27897 or visit www.wymondham-dementia-support-group.org.uk

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