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Tuesday 14 February 2017

Comic Craig Hill leads funding boost celebrations from Players of People’s Postcode Lottery

Alzheimer Scotland has teamed up with comedian and TV presenter, Craig Hill, to announce that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded £150,000 to create two new Befriending projects to help people living with dementia in their communities.

The funding will help create a network of Befriending volunteers across Fife and the Borders to transform the lives of people living with dementia. With 6,450 people living with dementia in Fife and 2,400 in the Borders, the new Befriending initiatives will deliver supportive services for families affected by dementia to help improve emotional health and social well-being.

Catherine Thomas, Head of Fundraising for Alzheimer Scotland said: “Everyone at Alzheimer Scotland gratefully welcomes this funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We’re delighted that this will enable us to set up two new befriending projects in Fife and the Borders to support families living with dementia across those communities. At Alzheimer Scotland it is our mission to ensure that nobody should face dementia alone, so the creation of a network of trained volunteers will enable us to provide regular contact for people living with dementia, build confidence, provide opportunities for new interests and involvement, and enable them to widen their social networks.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities from the People’s Postcode Lottery, added: “We are so proud that our players are helping to roll out this fantastic service across Scotland. The Befriending projects are so essential to people living with dementia.”

Comic Craig Hill, said: “It was a pleasure to join in on the celebrations today and meet some amazing people. The effects that dementia can have on a family are far reaching, so this is fantastic news for families across the country as this will open so many doors. The befriending projects will help so many people to feel less alone and more positive about day to day life. Well done players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for supporting such a worthwhile initiative which will help so many people.”

Dementia affects over 90,000 people across Scotland and by 2020 it is estimated that there will be over 1 million people living with the illness in the UK. Alzheimer Scotland is passionate that nobody should face dementia alone and is working across communities to help raise vital funds to support dementia support services including the 24-hour Freephone National Dementia Helpline, Dementia Advisors, dementia resource centres across Scotland and the dementia research centre based at the University of Edinburgh.

If you have any questions about dementia and of the services available in your area call Alzheimer Scotland’s 24 Hour Helpline on 0808 808 3000 or visit the website at www.alzscot.org

When you sign up to play People’s Postcode Lottery, your postcode is your ticket. A minimum of 30% goes directly to charities across Great Britain and internationally. Players have awarded Alzheimer’s Scotland and Alzheimer’s Society £1.5million altogether.

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Alzheimer Scotland staff including Jill Jenkison, Volunteer Befriender, Fiona Lewis, Claire Du Preez, Hazel Johnstone from People’s Postcode Lottery, Andrew Love and Comic Craig Hill, welcome the funding boost.

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