Fundraising day boosts 'lifeline' Dersingham project
Hundreds of pounds have been raised to support what officials say is a vital “lifeline” for elderly residents in a West Norfolk community.
Around 30 people regularly attend the weekly Dersingham Day Centre sessions, which take place at the new village centre on Wednesdays.
And volunteers who run the programme were at the hub on Saturday for a fundraising day which is estimated will have raised around £500 towards its continuing work.
The scheme, which has been running for 38 years, supports people aged 70 or over and who have been referred to it by the village’s Carole Brown Health Centre.
It caters purely for people who live within the surgery’s catchment area and is run entirely by volunteers.
Its chairman, Ann Saunders, says it is a key part of their members’ lives.
She said: “It’s the day they get up, put something nice on and they know they’re going to see their friends.
“We have 90-year-olds who bring their tablets with them. One of our members has taught them how to do their puzzles on their tablets.
“It’s their lifeline. A lot of them can’t get out.”
The centre runs each Wednesday, from 10am to 3pm, and offers a range of activities, a cooked lunch and dedicated transport for members to attend.
Although the project does not receive any social services funding, many local organisation do help to support it financially.
Mrs Saunders said: “We’re lucky in that we get regular contributions and donations from Sandringham and the village organisations. We’ve just had a donation from the West Newton Bowls Club. People know we’re there and we’re doing a service.”
Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the group should contact Mrs Saunders on 01485 542885 or the surgery.