A charity providing specialist dementia support has received an unexpected £400,000 donation.
Dementia UK was presented with the substantial donation following the solvent liquidation of care home and sheltered accommodation provider Careways Trust.
The money will provide 16 new specialist dementia nurses.
Dementia UK was chosen to receive the donation because it operates in a similar field to Careways in that it provides care to the people most in need as well as its collaborative approach with other organisations.
Dementia UK chief executive Dr. Hilda Hayo said: “We are delighted to receive such a large donation which will enable us to support even more families living with and affected by dementia.
“This £400,000 will help fund 16 new Admiral Nurses in areas we currently do not cover – Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Bedfordshire.
“Admiral Nurses work with families affected by dementia, enabling and empowering them to look after the person with dementia in their own home, for as long as is practical and wished for. Careways Trust operated with an ethos of compassionate care and we are grateful to them for handing us this baton.”
Dementia UK, with roots back to 1988, was founded by the family of Joseph Levy, who had vascular dementia. He loved sailing and was affectionately known as ‘Admiral Joe’, and the charity’s 222 Admiral Nurses are named after him.
Admiral Nurses offer one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions to the challenges facing families living with dementia, which can be hard to find elsewhere.
Supported by Dementia UK, Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, Admiral Nurses work alongside families affected by dementia, giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions, helping families face dementia with more confidence and less fear.
Careways Trust Ltd (then Crossways Trust) was established as a charity in 1949 by 22 member benevolent funds to provide auxiliary care and accommodation for their elderly or infirm beneficiaries.