21st March 2023

Alzheimer's Support's new day club in Salisbury has received a huge boost from the National Lottery.

Scots Lane Club is due to open in Salisbury at the end of March after the charity raised more than £100,000 in a fundraising appeal. Now the National Lottery Community Fund has agreed to support part of the club's operating costs for the next three years, donating £76,604 in all.

Lottery logoAlzheimer's Support chief executive Sarah Marriott said: "We are absolutely thrilled that the lottery has made this award. It is a brilliant opening present for the club and a real vote of confidence in our project.

"Creating this purpose-designed club and the whole Scots Lane centre has been the work of many hands and we have had huge support from the Salisbury community to get this far. This is a fantastic result for the club and will help us so much as we develop in the years to come."

Scots Lane day club welcomed its first members at the end of March. The newly-created club has space for up to 11 members a day to enjoy activities, find companionship and spend time together, while their family carers have a full day's break from caring. The centre is already open for advice and informal support for families affected by dementia.

Sarah added: "We are so grateful to the lottery and to everyone who buys tickets. You have made a real difference to the lives of families affected by dementia in Wiltshire."

Sarah Dummer-Wade, National Lottery funding officer for the South West, said: “The National Lottery Community Fund is delighted to be supporting this important project that is already making a difference to people living with dementia and their carers across South Wiltshire.  This combination of an on-site day club and the outreach services based at the Centre will have an impact across the entire region and we are pleased to fund this much needed service as it develops.”

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