TV star opens pioneering dementia centre

Kevin Whately will today unveil a new care and respite centre devoted to people with dementia. The North East charity Dementia Care has refurbished the specialist centre at Brunswick Village, Newcastle, after receiving a grant of £300,000.

The charity says that the centre is the only one of its kind in the region.

It will offer day care as well as respite facilities for carers at five houses on the same site.

Dementia Care's housing is an alternative to residential care for people with the disease.

Lewis star Kevin Whately's mother had dementia, and he had to move her out of the region to find appropriate care for her.

He will cut the ribbon on the new facility at a ceremony and meet residents and their families.

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TV star opens pioneering dementia centre

Kevin Whately has unveiled a new care centre in Newcastle for people with the condition.