Chelmsford charity Dementia Adventure is delighted to have attended the 2018 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala where it was announced that £93.4 million was awarded to charities and good causes in 2017 – thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Dementia Adventure received an incredible £250,000 in 2017 which allowed the charity to increase its holiday and short break programme by 50%, offering 157 places to people living with dementia, and their carers, to go on supported holidays, to get outside and connect with nature and themselves.
The help that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have given Dementia Adventure over the last 4 years has been hugely significant in the organisation’s continued growth and ability to help more people with dementia live better with the condition. Their support directly helps the charity to keep the cost of short-breaks affordable for more people and allowing them access to the outdoors in a meaningful way.
The gala was a celebration of the phenomenal achievements of charities working across Great Britain and internationally that are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The lottery also took the opportunity to announce an increase to 32% of each ticket sale going directly to good causes. The news of the funding total and increase was shared at the annual event, on Tuesday 23 January, at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
The event was attended by Actor Emma Thompson, broadcaster Dermot Murnaghan and TV presenter Fiona Philips. Entertainment on the night was provided by Heather Small.
Neil Mapes, CEO at Dementia Adventure said: “We again thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their amazing support. We know our holidays are enhancing quality of life – our activities focus on being positive and happy. This in turn builds confidence in carers and people with dementia to get outdoors and try new things resulting in feeling more included in their communities, more able to continue living independently at home and ultimately having a better life with dementia. Thanks to support from players, Dementia Adventure and those we help are well placed