Success for local Dementia charity

Members and friends of Berwick and District Friends of Dementia (B&DFoD) are delighted to announce that the little charity has been successful in its application for Charitable Status.

Sunday, 12th November 2017, 12:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 4:24 am

It has now been entered onto the Register of Charities with the registered charity number 1174583.

Instrumental in obtaining this charitable status was the charity’s treasurer Linda Trickett, who in the North Northumberland Voluntary Forum Awards 2017 was voted Volunteer of the Year.

Linda is leaving the area so sadly will no longer be taking an active part at Alz Cafe.

Recently at the cafe, and on behalf of all the members, a presentation was made to Linda by Derek Forshaw, chairman.

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Derek thanked Linda for all her hard work over the years in helping and advising people with dementia and their carers, not only during her involvement with B&DFoD, but also during the previous years when she was employed by the Alzheimers Society.

He reminded everyone that after the loss of funding from the Alzheimer’s Society, and the consequent demise of the original Alz Cafe, had it not been for Linda’s vision, expertise and encouragement, B&DFoD would not exist today. With the re-launch of Alz Cafe Linda ensured that it would continue to be a vibrant and much-valued service, enjoyed by so many.

Derek said that she would be greatly missed and wished she and her husband much happiness in their new life on Orkney.

In reply Linda said that it had been an honour and a privilege to have been involved with so many lovely people and valued the friendships which had been formed.

She promised to keep in touch with the ‘goings on’ at Alz Cafe by following the weekly updates on B&DFoD’s Facebook page.

Following the presentation a light buffet lunch was served, then members and friends were treated to music by the local ceilidh band, Heads on the Block.