Charity given funding boost by former mayor

Sue Angland handing over a cheque to Helen Organ in support of Sue Ryder's Synergy Caf�s. ANL-150619-165900001
Sue Angland handing over a cheque to Helen Organ in support of Sue Ryder's Synergy Caf�s. ANL-150619-165900001

A charity café in Hadleigh is to invest in music sessions after it received a cheque for £1,500 from the town’s former mayor.

Sue Ryder’s Synergy Café in Hadleigh was given the cheque by Sue Angland, who recently ended her year a mayor, replaced by Richard Whiting.

Mrs Angland nominated Sue Ryder’s Synergy Café, together with the Porch Project, as her chosen charities for the duration of her term of office.

Synergy Cafés are pop up style eateries that have been set up by Sue Ryder across Suffolk to meet the social needs of people with dementia and their carers.

Anyone living with dementia, memory loss or confusion, worried about themselves or a loved one can drop in to a Synergy Café with a family member, friend or neighbour.

The popular café in Hadleigh regularly sees around 30 people meeting there to socialise, participate in activities and receive information.

Free to attend, it is run by a team of trained staff and volunteers with no formal diagnosis or referral from a healthcare professional required.

Mrs Angland said: “As mayor I was able to choose two local charities for which I could fundraise during my term of office.

“I selected charities that are active within the town and which are making a real difference.

“I organised a number of fundraising activities, including a meal with an auction and a very successful quiz night.

“The people of Hadleigh were very supportive in helping me to raise as much money as I could, to help Sue Ryder’s Synergy Café to provide a great service for even more people.”

Jo Marshall, care centre director at Sue Ryder, added: “We are delighted to receive this generous donation and are extremely grateful to the mayor for choosing us.

“This fantastic amount will go towards funding creative activities, including music sessions, which are both enjoyable and therapeutic for all who attend.”