Walton Charity Brings Cheer to CHEER
Local group, CHEER, had every reason to be cheerful when Walton Charity awarded a total of £8,902 of Community Grants to them. £5,902 will support CHEER’s expansion into West Elmbridge and £3,000 will help towards supporting a Parkinson’s Group for people suffering from the disease and their carers.
CHEER’s expansion into West Elmbridge will enable them to extend their unique befriending service to help more older people who may have limited opportunities to go out and meet people. The grant will also support the continuation of the tea parties previously provided by Friends of the Elderly.
The CHEER Parkinson’s Group meets weekly in the Claygate Centre for the Community. Not only does the meeting group help reduce social isolation and provide respite to carers but if also offers attendees access to CHEER’s other services, such as advice on benefits, befriending services, social events and signposting to other services.
Janis Fletcher, Chair of Trustees at CHEER, says “We are extremely grateful to Walton Charity for this grant. Our befriending service can truly make a difference to the lives of older people who are unable to get out and about by giving them friendship and company. Furthermore, the Parkinson’s Group offers vital support to Parkinson’s disease sufferers and their carers. Many of the carers stay with the group for a short time to chat and then go on to have a break, secure in the knowledge that the people they care for are safe and enjoying themselves”.