Sensory Room Appeal: Can you help Bring Light to the Beacon?


Donate nowHelp us to create two dementia-friendly gardens at the Evington Centre

Dementia is an umbrella-term for more than 200 types of the disease, most associated with memory loss. Alzheimer's and vascular dementia are two of the most common types. 

We have two wards at the Evington Centre (near Leicester General Hospital) that look after people with advanced dementia. We use reminiscence in our therapy activities and we know that for the age group we care for, their gardens were important to them. We want to develop two dementia-friendly gardens that are safe spaces for 'purposeful-pottering' and being sociable with friends and family. 

Watch our video to learn more:


Fundraising so far


We were lucky enough to be chosen as one of the charity appeals Tesco customers could choose to vote for with their blue tokens in store between November 2018 and January 2019. Thank you to everyone who voted for us, and to Tescos for the donation of £2,000!


The dementia garden appeal was one of three chosen by the Leicestershire and Rutland Women in Philanthropy (WiP) in 2017-18. As well as the opportunity to talk about the appeal to women with strong connections in the local community, we also received a donation of £3,400 towards the appeal. the video above was produced for us by DeMontfort University and was kindly funded by the WiP.

We received a cheque for £1,260 from the public vote in the cafe at John Lewis in Leicester during the summer of 2018. You can read more about that here. Thank you to everyone who voted for us!





Thank you to the Leicestershire and Rutland Masonic Charity Association for their donation of £1,500 to the dementia garden appeal. It was fantastic to hear about the support the Lodge also provides to their members and past members who themselves are dementia sufferers.

Fabulous fashion and fundraising were the order of the day at the Debenhams Summer 2018 charity fashion show. Our appeal was one of two to benefit (read more about the event here) and received £428.39 in donations, entry ticket and raffle ticket sales. Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun! 

And finally, thank you to the Bobby Dhanjal Foundation who supported the appeal with a donation of £400 in 2018. 

Challenge fundraisers

Alan Chidgey took on the iconic London open water Swim Serpentine to raise £170 for the appeal. Well done Alan you made that mile look a lot easier than it was!

Could you help us to reach our target by taking part in a challenge event? We would love to hear from you.