AN ‘at risk’ charity project, which supports people with dementia, has moved a step closer to being saved, thanks to a donation from Exeter solicitors Cartridges Law. Developed in partnership by Age UK Exeter and Studio 36, the Budding Friends initiative provides a weekly allotment project through the spring and summer and art workshops for people living with dementia.
But cuts in funding have meant the organisers have had to turn to the public and local businesses for support.
Cartridges Law, which has supported the initiative by providing exhibition space in their offices, near Age UK Exeter in St Thomas, launched a fundraising drive to help the organisers reach their £5,000 target.
A recent fundraising evening raised £580; this was match-funded by Cartridges Law bringing the total to £1,160 – leaving a shortfall of £3,840, which needs to be sourced to keep the Budding Friends initiative alive.
On the 9th May Karyna Squibb, Daniel Smith and Ros Davies from Cartridges Law lent a hand for some of the heavier work on the Budding Friends allotment, clearing space and digging to get it ready for planting.
In December Cartridges Law hosted a private view for the artists and supporters of the Budding Friends artwork project so they could show off their colourful work which has been on display in the Cartridges Law office foyer. New work from a different set of Budding Friends Artists is now on display- with information about the project, and is open to the public in office hours.