BY LOUISE REILLY East Kilbride News
When East Kilbride Dementia Carers’ Group appealed for help to give their Pine Crescent day care centre a makeover they were overwhelmed with the offers of help.
Among the first to come to the rescue was fellow town charity East Kilbride Community Trust.
Chief executive Monique McAdams and trustee, East Kilbride businessman James Kean paid a visit to the centre and immediately pledged support.
Within a matter of week’s Pine Crescent was fitted out with a brand new kitchen and bespoke dining room furniture.
Ms McAdams said: “Our Trustees James and his brother Paul were determined to help the carers’ group. They were so impressed with the care and support they provide to dementia sufferers and their families.
“Having lost their mum, Elizabeth to Alzheimer’s, they know how devastating this illness can be.”
Co-ordinator of the carers’ group, Brian Doig said everyone at the centre was thrilled with their new kitchen.
“When Monique told us the Trust was commissioning local company Jackton Moor to supply and fit our new kitchen and dining room furniture, we were overwhelmed.
“The end result is just fantastic.”
And the offers of help at Pine Crescent didn’t stop there.
Tommy Brady of East Kilbride-based TSD Decorators brightened up the walls with a fresh coat, giving his time and the materials for free.
Brian went on: “Tommy did a superb job and the centre was so much brighter and smarter when he had finished.”
Next to offer their support were staff from British Gas in Uddingston, who on a team-building charity day gave the centre’s rear and front gardens a makeover.
They managed to weed and clean all the paths and paving stones, weed the garden beds, put in new plants, edge the garden, paint a garden bench and do some general maintenance before rain stopped play.
Brian added: “ Last year was a difficult year for the group financially, with us running at a deficit of approximately £12,000. Although we are not for profit, it is important that we at least break even to continue providing over 13,000 hours of care and support to people with dementia annually.
“We are not in a position to make cutbacks and we would not compromise the quality of the care that we provide, so the only solution is to generate enough income to make sure we continue as a vital local care provider and employer.
“We are very much a community project: run by the community to serve the community, and we can only continue to do so with the support of the community.
“In these cases, the support given has effectively saved us thousands of pounds, allowing our funds to be spent directly on providing care.
“We are hugely indebted to everyone who responded to our request for assistance.”