Activities Coordinator Angela Brench with handmade thank you card

Pinehaven thanks Easthampstead Rotary Club

Easthampstead Rotary Club has been supporting Pinehaven Day Service over the past year through taking part in a number of events and activities, including coming along to help at both the Pinehaven Open Day and the centre’s annual Summer Fete last July. The icing on the cake though, was the offer of their help to paint some murals of seaside scenes in the communal area of the centre.

On June 24, Pinehaven held a ‘thank you’ afternoon for Rotary Club members. Pinehaven Day Service, run by Optalis, offers day activities to older people with dementia.

Service Manager Tony Verdugo said: “We wanted to do something to thank the Rotarians for their help with day service; specifically Pinehaven Day Service. Not only did they provide their time and energy; but they went the extra mile to help us produce a beautiful seaside mural to compliment the newly-painted interiors painted with ‘dementia-friendly’ colours suggested by our day centre coordinator, Angela Brench. The Rotary Club members we met were great fun to work with, and we would have struggled to get this work done without their help.”

Pinehaven’s Activities Coordinator Angela Brench said: “The Easthampstead Rotary Club’s Community Service committee asked me whether there was anything else they could do to support us, and I asked for help to paint the interior walls. They agreed straight away, and kindly gave their time to complete this during spring.

“Angela Hughes, wife of one of their members, also painted two wonderful murals on the main walls, with help from other ladies connected to the Rotary Club. This was a much needed re-decoration,the result of which is a ‘dementia-friendly’ painted day centre, with a lovely beach scene on the main wall - which enhances our customers’ experience. We are really grateful for their kindness."

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