Wokingham Methodist Church’s Alzheimer’s Cafe is celebrating after receiving a £300 donation from the GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund.
The Alzheimer’s Café opened in May 2015 and provides a place for local people living with Alzheimer’s, their carers and family members to get together.
Over the past 18 months the charity has hosted fortnightly gatherings where people have played games, sung, arranged flowers, heard guest speakers, met guide dogs and enjoyed meeting people in similar circumstances to themselves.
Claire Knight, church and community team leader, says: “This donation from the GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund will go towards lots of new resources for our activities including DVDs, jigsaw puzzles and refreshments. The members have recently been asking to watch some of their favourite films and we are so pleased that we will now be able to buy some of them on DVD.”
Galaxy Hot Chocolate is looking to help small, local community projects, groups and charities across the UK and Ireland by donating cash awards to support warm-hearted people and projects.
Michelle Frost, spokeswoman for Galaxy Hot Chocolate, said: “From our research, we know that across the UK and Ireland smaller charities and community groups are struggling to make ends meet despite the efforts of a huge number of warm-hearted volunteers. Seventy per cent of charities and organisations report that 51-100% of funds come from fundraising, with a further 68% stating that finding funds has become ten times harder over the past five years.
“The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund aims to give them a helping hand and hopefully inspire more people to get involved.”
Open for entries until February 26 2017, the Fund will distribute five £300 awards to deserving recipients every week.
Applications to the Fund can be made on the GALAXY Hot Chocolate website www.galaxyhotchocolate.com.
This year, the Fund will also cast a spotlight on the unsung heroes working in the charity sector, through the Outstanding Volunteer Award. Every week that the Fund runs, a volunteer will be chosen by national volunteer organisation NCVO to receive a GALAXY Hot Chocolate Hero Hamper. Once an organisation has been registered for an award, you are able to nominate a volunteer who always goes the extra mile.