At the start of 2017, The Alzheimer’s Society announced that they would be closing their Day Care Centre in the town.
The Marjorie Gray Hall, which has been the home to Alzheimer’s Day Care Centre for many years, is sited just on the left as you leave Haslemere towards Grayswood. The Centre not only provides a change of scenery and stimulus for the dementia sufferer but also offers a break for their carers who know they can leave their loved one in safe hands.
On hearing the news, the residents of Haslemere, the Town Council, and our MP, Jeremy Hunt, mobilised to save the facility.
After six months of hard work from a very dedicated group of people, a registered charity – The Hunter Trust – has been formed to keep the Centre open, and negotiations have taken place with NHS Property to secure a lease of the building. Several Conservative Town Councillors have been involved and, during May, a Council decision was taken to guarantee the lease on behalf of the charity on a two-year rolling basis – meaning that the property deal could go ahead and continuity of care be provided to patients.
This is a fantastic achievement by all those involved.
Hall for hire
The new ‘Hunter Centre’ will also be available for private hire during the evenings and weekends – so if you’re looking for a venue to host a party, a society or club, please get in touch. For more information on The Hunter Centre, visit: http://www.thehuntercentre.co.uk or email the firstname.lastname@example.org