DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY Alton has received a £250 donation from the McCarthy Stone Foundation.

The money will go towards the running costs of support sessions and events held at the Alton Community Centre.

These sessions offer social support for people living with dementia to help reduce feelings of isolation, as well as provide additional support for carers.

Karen Murrell, co-ordinator and committee chair at Dementia-Friendly Alton, said: "Christmas can often be an isolated time, so it’s vital we help those living dementia, and their carers, feel connected in any way we can.

"Because of the ongoing effects of Covid-19, it is now more important than ever to offer our support and ensure their Christmas time is a little bit more enjoyable.

"We’re delighted to receive the grant from the McCarthy Stone Foundation as it will go a long way in helping those who often struggle over the festive period, and we’d like to say a huge thank you to the team for their support."

Graeme Marsh, foundation manager at the McCarthy Stone Foundation, said: "The work undertaken by Dementia-Friendly Alton is absolutely vital for those living with dementia and their carers."