The Wexford Bridge Centre spread a little bit of festive cheer recently by presenting a cheque to The Alzheimer Society.
Supported by Home Instead, the centre hosted a charity bridge night and managed to raise a total of €1,715, as well as providing a great day for all who took part.
In order to support local charities, Home Instead agreed to match the funds raised and Saoirse Kelly of ASI Wexford was delighted to visit them to collect the cheque just in time for Christmas.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) is the national leader in advocating for and providing dementia-specific supports and services. With the ASI receiving only approximately 58% HSE funding, they need to raise approximately €3.3million annually just to keep their current services going.
'The funds raised are desperately needed in County Wexford,' said Saoirse. 'There is a serious lack of Dementia specific services in County Wexford. There are only 2 counties in Ireland without dementia specific day centres; Wexford is one of them. It is estimated that there are 1,524 people living with dementia in Wexford. ASI Wexford provide a home care service which currently supports 30 clients but due to lack of funding there is a waiting list of 50 plus.'
For further information on the work being done by ASI in Wexford, contact Wexford Home Care Coordinator Saoirse Kelly on 0539234360/0858724674.