£10,000 gift will help fund charity's vital work

Bill Davis with staff, from left, Dee Taylor, Maria Vicente, Julie Lee and David Roberts.

Bill Davis with staff, from left, Dee Taylor, Maria Vicente, Julie Lee and David Roberts.

First published in Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

IT is a generous gift that will help the vital work that is done at a Hampshire day care centre.

A £10,000 grant made by the Bonhomie United Charity Society through one of its clients will go towards Age Concern’s Padwell Road Wellbeing Centre in Southampton.

The grant was made by Bill Davies, who has been going to the centre for the last six months.

The 92-year-old set up the Bonhomie United Charity Society back in 1964 and has Alzheimer’s but, incredibly, still manages to run the charity which has donated more than £2.5 million to Hampshire groups and charities.

The grant will be used to refurbish the centre’s bathroom facilities and also create a new “wellbeing room” which will offer services like footcare, physiotherapy, dentistry and holistic therapies.

Bill Davies said: “Padwell Road is a lovely place to be.

Coming here each week gives me something to look forward to and I wanted to be able to give something back.”

Staff at the centre were delighted to get the grant through one of the people they help.

Centre manager Maria Vicente said: “We were extremely touched that Bill and the trustees of Bonhomie wanted to help us in this wonderful way with such a generous grant.

“The money will help us to modernise our facilities and extend the wellbeing services we offer not only to our day service users but also to the wider community.”

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