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Thousands Raised For Town's Dementia Sufferers

Wednesday April 17 2013


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MORE than £7,500 has been raised for a dedicated centre for the town's 3,000 dementia sufferers.

Barnsley Independent Alzheimer and Dementia Support launched the 'Buy a Brick for BIADS' campaign four weeks ago and has already sold 495 bricks, raising £7,516.

The group is hoping to raise £45,000 to open its own centre to give local people the services and activities they and their carers need to help them cope with the debilitating disease.

BIADS chief officer Linda Pattison said much of the support had come from members, and she was hoping others would soon become involved.

"We're about a sixth of a way there and we're absolutely thrilled," said Linda. "It just shows there is definitely a need."

At the moment, BIADS is being forced to split its services between two sites, at Barnsley Community Build, on Sheffield Road, and Sheffield Road Baptist Church.

Linda said about 3,000 bricks need to be sold to reach the total but the group could start looking at opening such a centre before the total is reached.

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