Dementia Support Drinks Reception – welcome to new Patron, Derek Bell MBE

On the evening of 23 June 2017, local charity Dementia Support hosted a Drinks Reception at the Charlton Panoramic, overlooking Goodwood Racecourse. This was an opportunity to thank patrons and supporters as well as introduce designs for the new Dementia Support Hub in Tangmere. The charity also introduced their new Patron, multiple Le Mans winning racing driver and a Patron of Dementia Support – Derek Bell MBE.  The evening was also hosted by Fundraising Advisory Board Chairman Robert Langmead and charity Trustee Lucinda Langmead; Lord and Lady March were also amongst the attendees.


With a 26% increase in dementia expected within the next five years, the introduction of the new Hub is more important than ever. The charity currently runs pilot sessions for people living with dementia, and their family and carers; the Hub sees 100 people a month but, with the new design, they hope to accommodate around 200 people per day. This cannot be achieved without the help of generous patrons and supporters, who have so far helped to raise half of £1.74 million goal.


The evening saw talks from Vice Chair of Trustees, Becca Randell, Derek Bell MBE, and Head of Major Donor Fundraising, Becky Stotesbury. Becca began by giving thanks to those who attended, especially to the trustees and the dedicated team.


Derek Bell spoke about his links to Dementia Support and why he became a patron of the charity. His younger sister, Stephanie Bell, suffers from dementia and after she was diagnosed, he began to research the disorder taking more interest, becoming a patron of the charity in May 2017.


“We want to bring a better quality of life to people, when people come [to Dementia Support], I think about how we could help.”


When asked what his favourite thing about Dementia Support was, Bell replied, “The principle. To be open 9am-5pm, five or seven days a week, it’s somewhere for people to come.”


Derek is currently the global Bentley Motors brand ambassador, and a Bentley GT, a Bentayga and an Aston Martin were kindly loaned by Harwoods for display outside the Charlton Stand.


Referring to the designs for the new Hub, Bell said, “The building is quite something, I haven’t seen anything like it before.”


Becky Stotesbury spoke about what Dementia Support is currently working on and reminded the supporters and patrons where their donations are being spent.


“Our overall message is to provide an accessible and flexible service, support and advice,” she said, “to support people when they need it most. We want them to come somewhere where they truly want to be.”


“Every donation counts,” she reminded the audience.


The fundraising is making good progress however, Dementia Support need help to get the new Hub fully funded and rely on support and generous donations to reach their goal.


The charity needs to urgently raise £1.74 million to renovate their building in Tangmere and install the dementia services so the Dementia Support Hub can officially open in Spring 2018.  The Hub will include essential services for people living with dementia, their friends, family and carers; this will be a lasting legacy for generations to come and inspire people to live well with dementia & know they are supported.


If you would like any further information about the charity, and the fundraising appeal please contact us at or call 01243 888 691.

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(l-r) Robert & Lucinda Langmead, Misti & Derek Bell