John’s 90th benefits day centre

Tuesday 19th March'On Friday 1st March John Maxwell held his 90th birthday party in the Bruce Hotel where he asked for donation instead of presents and collected a total of �385.00 for the Riverside Day Centre'Pictured L-R Margaret McKinght, Nan Wilson, John Maxwell, Kirsty Kirk & May Sisi
Tuesday 19th March'On Friday 1st March John Maxwell held his 90th birthday party in the Bruce Hotel where he asked for donation instead of presents and collected a total of �385.00 for the Riverside Day Centre'Pictured L-R Margaret McKinght, Nan Wilson, John Maxwell, Kirsty Kirk & May Sisi

Minnigaff resident John Maxwell handed over a cheque to the Riverside Day Centre in Newton Stewart this week to help boost their funds.

The money was raised at John’s 90th birthday party held in the Bruce Hotel earlier this month where he asked for donations instead of presents and collected a total of £385.00 which was handed over to delighted day centre staff member Nan Wilson.

The board of the day centre recently appealed to the public for financial help to keep the centre open after the Dumfries and Galloway Council and NHS D&G plan to cut their finding from April 2014.

The Riverside Centre, Riverside Road, Newton Stewart is a place for older people to meet and offers a chance to participate in various activities and is open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

The ethos of the Centre is to help older people maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle.

We offer a wide range of activities and trips out. Some people prefer just to come along and catch up and chat with their friends, new and old.

Next week’s menu is:

Monday - Roast Ham and Macaroni Cheese; Tuesday -Fresh Salmon, Potatoes and Vegetables; Wednesday -Steak Pie, Potatoes and Vegetables; Thursday -Sweet and Sour Pork; Friday -CLOSED.

Activities nest week include new age kurling, bingo, chair based exercises, discussion group, Tai Chi, shopping trips and ceilidh dancing.

On Red Nose Day, the day centre members raised over £220 with a sponsored walk supervised by staff from the Ryan Centre in Stranraer.