Donation of £2,000 helps dementia families

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Mary’s Kitchen at Whitehill Court Day Care Centre, Kirkintilloch is set for a £2,000 boost after social housing provider Bield received the generous donation from The Eagle Lodge in Bishopbriggs.

The Annual Sportsman’s dinner, which is held every year at The Eagle Lodge, raised a total of £6,500 in aid of three of their chosen charities.

For a third year in a row Bield Housing & Care were among the group to get a donation, raised from pledges as well as auction bids on the day of the dinner.

The cheque, presented by Rahul Randev, was accepted by Bield members of staff, including Fundraiser Kevin Rowe, and service users over a lovely afternoon tea at Eagle Lodge.

Rahul said: “Bield continue to do fantastic work in the community. The staff are fantastic and do a great job so we are delighted to be associated with them.

“We are delighted to have Bield as one of our chosen charities and we will continue to help and support the great work that they do.”

Mary’s Kitchen will use the money at its Whitehill Court Day Care Centre to help those with dementia to enjoy quality time with their friends and family.

Kevin added: ”It’s fantastic to receive this money from the Sportsman’s Dinner for a third time. It will be going to a great cause and we are always incredibly grateful for donations.

“Eagle Lodge have been hugely generous to us and many others in the past and we are delighted to be able to continue funding one of our much-loved projects with their help.

“Mary’s Kitchen is a dining experience for people living with dementia and their families. It means that people can celebrate special occasions with a nice meal while having peace of mind that they are in safe familiar surroundings and being looked after by trained staff and people they know.”

The service has been running for several years and continues to enable those living with dementia to enjoy a ‘night-out’ thanks, in part, to generous donations such as these.

Innovative services like Mary’s Kitchen are part of Bield’s ‘Free to Be’ ethos, where service users are encouraged to make their own choices and live their own lives.