DEMENTIA support workers have received a £1,000 shot-in-the-arm to support their efforts in the North-East.

The Alzheimer’s Society received the donation from Persimmon Homes Durham’s Community Champions fund, which awards two regional worthy causes up to £1,000 each month.

Lucy King, who made the application on behalf of the society in the region, said: “There are currently 35,000 people living with dementia in the North-East and we’re working hard to ensure they have the support they need.

“We fund local dementia support workers who provide one-to-one advice and support for people with dementia from diagnosis onwards.

“Our side by side service works to pair volunteers with people with dementia to help combat loneliness and isolation, as well as encourage them to continue doing the activities they love.

“We also invest heavily in research with £1.5m being invested into research at Durham University and Newcastle University.”