Former Masterchef winner Gerry Goldwyre was cooking with gas as he helped raise the profile of an ongoing Alzheimer Scotland project.
Named simply ‘The Bungalow’, premises owned by the charity in Bonnyrigg provide a day care service as well as somewhere for carers to have a break while their loved ones are supported.
A fundraising project to eventually knock down the conservatory and build a larger sun room in its place, affording Alzheimer Scotland the opportunity to provide a room for arts, crafts and musical activities and a room for sensory stimulation, is currently ongoing.
Gerry, who lives in Eskbank and runs the Water Tower restaurant, told the Advertiser why it was his pleasure to cook-up a tomato-based pasta main course with chocolate muffin pudding during his visit.
He said: “The people at Alzheimer Scotland were looking after my wife Susan’s mother in her later years for quite some time, and so we wanted to do whatever we could do to help or contribute in any way.
“What they are doing at The Bungalow is outstanding - it feels like you are going into the house next door and it couldn’t be further from what you would call an institution. The residents came back for seconds and thirds, which is always a good sign.
“The set-up there is incredibly well organised - I cannot emphasise enough how wonderful it is to spend time there.”
Abby Parkhouse, community fundraiser for Alzheimer Scotland, said: “The Bungalow is an incredible resource for the people of Midlothian who are living with dementia and the sun room would enhance the activities that Alzheimer Scotland can offer within it. It also gives the carers some much needed respite. Masterchef winner Gerry Goldwyre coming here to cook for the attendees was fantastic and his support for our Sun Room project is invaluable.”
The charity has only raised a fraction of the £50,000 it needs to complete the project. To help donate visit: http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/alasad/alzscotbonnyriggbungalow