IT was an exciting day at The Lodge day centre in Grays on Thursday (28 April) with clients waiting the arrival of Sainsbury’s.
Kevin Tiffin, who lives with his elderly parents in Watts Wood, often attends the centre with his 81-year-old dad, Derek.
When he saw that Sainsbury’s had adopted the Alzheimer’s Society as their charity last year, he approached the Chafford Hundred store to suggest they might like to help the centre.
“They’ve only got an old portable TV and that’s on its last legs,” said Kevin. “The centre’s a godsend for us. Dad comes three days a week and it gives us respite and him a chance to be in a different place.”
Kevin gave up work seven years ago when his father’s Alzheimer’s was worsening and now helps his mother look after Derek.
On Thursday, Mike Agha, the Chafford Hundred Sainsbury’s store manager, along with Tracey Kennedy — a PR Ambassador at the store — came to The Lodge at the Piggs Corner complex in Grays to deliver a brand new 40-inch flat screen television.
Margaret Worrall, co-ordinator at the centre, said: “The Tiffins are a wonderful family. Derek used to work for Marconi, he played football to a reasonable level and was a referee too.
“The family often bake cakes for the other service-users and carers here.”