Two replacement services in place of Alzheimer’s club

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A CLUB in Chatteris for people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease is to close at the end of the month, but two new services will be launched to fill the gap left.

The Friday Club, which runs weekly in Salem Court, will close on March 25 due to a lack of funds for the service.

Gill Lintott, locality manager for Cambridgeshire Alzheimer’s Society, said: “While it’s sad that this service will come to an end, it does allow the Alzheimer’s Society the opportunity to reinvest in services that will actually reach more people in Chatteris and the surrounding areas.”

A new monthly peer support service and a drop-in centre at Salem Court are being launched by the charity to support people with dementia and their carers in the Chatteris area.

Gill said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers that have provided so much support to people in the local area. We hope to work with them in the delivery of our services in the future.”

While the Alzheimer’s Society is trying to minimise the impact the closure of the club will have on dementia sufferers in the Chatteris area, some people are still unhappy about the closure.

Reg Wenn regularly volunteers at the Friday club and is outraged at the decision to close it.

He said: “This is a club very close to my heart, a club where I have a lot of good friends, a club where over the years I have lost a lot of good friends, a club that I am told will close at the end of March.

“For several years I have given my services to this club and these good people. I entertain them three or four times a year, putting a little cheer into their lives of virtual captivity.

“Their only crime is to suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.

“Now the people in the Halls of Power plan to switch off their ‘Life Line’, with funding being blamed for the closure.”