Cash boost is a tonic for dementia group in Horncastle

The dementia group in Horncastle has received a boost in funds.
The dementia group in Horncastle has received a boost in funds.

A group set up to help and support people suffering from dementia is hoping to expand - thanks to a new injection of funding.

The Selwood Garden Memory Support Group has received £2,000 from the Horncastle Health and Well Being Fund.

Keith Baguley, a committee member of the Horncastle based group, described the funding as a ‘massive boost’.

He explained: “We applied to the Health and Well Being Fund and they basically told us we were the type of organisation they wanted to help.

“The £2,000 is a massive boost for us.

“It will enable us to do so much more - and hopefully help a lot more people.

“There are a lot of dementia sufferers out there who need help and support and hopefully we can make a difference.”

The Support Group meets every Thursday afternoon at the Selwood Gardens Community Room, which is just behind Stanhope Road.

The meetings - or drop in sessions - are open to anyone with dementia, along withtheir carers or family members.

Sessions often feature games, puzzles and bingo. They are also offering the chance for sufferers to talk and receive advice and support.

Mr Baguley says the group used to get financial backing from the County Council but funding was ‘switched off’ several months ago.

He added: “Basically, we were left with two options - either fold or go it alone.

“We got together and decided to go for the second option.

“We formed a committee who work really hard to keep things going.

“It isn’t easy but, when you see the number of people who have come to rely on the drop in sessions, it makes everything worthwhile.”

Mr Baguley was full of praise for the efforts of chairman Geoff Taylor and secretary Shirley Crawford.

Although based in Horncastle, he said the group helped dementia sufferers from a much wider area - including Louth and Market Rasen.

He added: “We get people coming from quite a distance away and hopefully we’ll get a few more now.

“We’d all like to thank the Health and Well Being Fund for the support.”

l There is an annual subsccrtion of £20 to join the group and sessions are held from 1.30-4pm every Thursday.