30th April, 2018

Guild Care day centre user, Cyril Dawes has raised over £1,000 for the centre and The Alzheimer’s Society.

Cyril, 83, has raised the funds from holding his own sale at the Guild Care and Lovett Centre with items such as umbrellas, t-shirts and walking sticks bought out of his own pocket selling them to fellow service users and donating the profits to charity and the club where he lives.

Sadly Cyril lost his wife Barbara two years ago after she suffered from Alzheimer’s the last two years of her life, where he visited her every day, not missing a single day.

He said, “We used to do the sale together for cancer, when she died of Alzheimer’s she went into a home first because she couldn’t cope and I decided I would do it for Alzheimer’s.”

He now proudly wears a dementia butterfly and Alzheimer’s Society badge on each of his lapels.

Cyril has been coming to Guild Care’s day centre at Methold House for the last five years, where he indulges his love for dominos having 924 games at the centre under his belt.

He is always the first person to arrive at the centre, having been a coach driver for 40 years and loving every minute of it, he was used to being actively social, so to combat loneliness he goes out shopping, comes to the centre where he meets his friends and even goes on holiday.

He says that the company he gets at the centre is the main draw for him to attend, he can come and sit down and play dominos with his friends and not be sat at home watching the television alone.

We are so grateful for all of Cyril's hard work and support!

A man in a baseball hat and jacket stood in front of a table filled with items he is selling, including t-shirts and blankets