In 2020 Club Captain Peter Spooner and Ladies Captain Celia May have chosen two charities to support.
Overview of the Charities
The Captains’ charities are usually announced at the AGM, but as this has been delayed and we have to hold it over the internet, I thought I would to take this opportunity to give you the details of the two local charities that the Ladies Captain, Celia May, and myself are supporting this year.
My chosen charity this year is the Alzheimer Café in Farnborough.
As some of you may know, my wife is suffering from Alzheimers and has been for many years, so I want to do something to help other people in similar positions to myself. Alzheimers and Dementia are becoming more prevalent in our society, and I’m sure you all know someone who is affected by this terrible disease.
The Alzheimer Café was founded 20 years ago by Dr Gemma Jones based on a model that was very successful in the Netherlands. It provides a friendly environment both for sufferers and carers to come together and openly discuss the disease, its causes, its implications and its consequences. I was introduced to the Café by a fellow member of the Club, whose wife was diagnosed with Alzheimers at a very early age, and they were both helped to come to accept the condition and to understand the consequences on their lives. The café meets for a couple of hours every month at a church hall in Farnborough. It is set in an informal atmosphere with coffee and biscuits, and everyone is encouraged to openly discuss their own experiences.
Celia’s charity this year is Wokingham Citizens Advice.
Citizens Advice is an organisation which provides free and confidential advice. Although the office in Wokingham and Woodley does get some core funding from Wokingham Borough, it is a local charity in its own right and struggles to fund this vital job. Every year, the 80 volunteer advisors help approximately 2,000 local people. They need training, support, information etc., in order to provide this help to their fellow citizens. Frankly without these volunteers, there would literally be nowhere for a lot of desperate people to turn to. Covid 19 has resulted in more local people seeking advice on how to manage in these exceptionally difficult times. The volunteers are taking a front-line role in supporting local people which is an enormous increase in their workload and is further stretching their resources.
Specifically, Celia and I will be working with Wokingham CA to provide targeted help to older people who are facing the financial and emotional trauma of arranging older age care. Areas to be covered will include Power of Attorney, home help, wills, care home costs, housing implications and Continuing Health Care. This work will dovetail nicely with the work done at the Alzheimer Café.
I think that fund raising this year will be a lot different from normal, but we will come up with a few new ideas and hope that you will continue to support these worthwhile charities.
Peter & Celia