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Eric Liddell Centre Receives £40,000 Dementia Funding

Wednesday August 30 2017

A church-founded Edinburgh care charity has received funding of over £40,000 towards the services it offers to support people with dementia.

The Eric Liddell Centre’s new dementia befriending programme received funding of £36,000 from the Dementia Engagement Empowerment Project (DEEP), the Robertson Trust, and the Life Changes Trust.

Meanwhile the centre’s dementia day care service, which aims to supporting people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible while reducing isolation and promoting independence, received £5,000 from Edinburgh Academy Junior School. Staff and students visited the centre to see the effects of dementia and how it impacts people’s lives.

John MacMillan, Chief Executive of the Eric Liddell Centre said: “We are delighted to have attracted support from Edinburgh Academy Junior School and DEEP, the Robertson Trust, and the Life Changes Trust.

“Dementia is a big part of what the centre does and through generous funding and donations we can keep innovating within the services we provide. The additional funding raised by pupils is greatly appreciated as I know how committed they are to making a positive impact on the issue of dementia.

“We know from the feedback from those who use our services that every single penny makes a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers and that has to be a positive reflection of what communities can do for their local people.”

The centre, based in the former North Morningside Parish Church, was founded in 1980 by four local churches. Initially called the Holy Corner Church Centre, in 1992 it was renamed in memory of the athlete and missionary Eric Liddell, who was a member and preached at Morningside Congregational Church (now Morningside United Church) while studying at Edinburgh University.

Liddell, the central character of the film Chariots of Fire, famously refused to take part in the 100 metres at the 1924 Olympic Games because the heats were held on a Sunday, instead competing in (and winning) the 400m.


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