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Lasting legacy from Irene to Somercotes

From left, Alison Thompson, Futures Homescape support service team leader and Linda Robson, support services team leader for the Alfreton Area.

From left, Alison Thompson, Futures Homescape support service team leader and Linda Robson, support services team leader for the Alfreton Area.

Dementia sufferers in Amber Valley will soon have access to pioneering facilities thanks to the bequest of a former resident.

Irene Wheatland, who lived at Futures Homescape’s Castle Drive sheltered scheme in Somercotes for six years before sadly passing away last year, left more than £260 to her local community centre for elderly people on George Street.

A plaque in memory of Irene has been unveiled in the community centre. Her donation is to be put towards the cost of purchasing a mobile memory pod - or ‘RemPod’ for one of Futures Homescape’s community centres. The RemPod displays old-fashioned décor, memorable newspaper cuttings and imely memorabilia in a bid to stimulate the memories of those living with dementia.

Billie Thompson, support services team leader, said: “The Rempod will act as a lasting legacy to Irene.”

 

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