Foundation helping dementia sufferers and carers wins Community Chest award

Sarah Russell from the Tibbs Dementia Foundation with Claire Webb, Taylor Wimpey sales executive
Sarah Russell from the Tibbs Dementia Foundation with Claire Webb, Taylor Wimpey sales executive

A Bedford community interest company dedicated to supporting people living with dementia has received a cash boost in the T&C’s Community Chest scheme.

The Tibbs Dementia Foundation, based in Bedford, aims to provide a range of services and activities for those with dementia and their family carers within the local community, and uses music to help them access emotions and provide companionship and stimulation.

The organisation has been awarded £500 after being voted the winner of housebuilder Taylor Wimpey’s Community Chest initiative by T&C readers.

The Community Chest scheme invited readers to nominate a worthwhile local cause to receive a cash grant from the housebuilder.

The Tibbs Dementia Foundation, which supports over 150 local people, will use the £500 award to offer support when people need it most.

Sarah Russell, chief executive of the Tibbs Dementia Foundation, said: “It’s very exciting to have won the award from the Community Chest. Sometimes people have a crisis point and this money will enable us to do some intensive one-to-one work with them at those points to enable them to stay in the community.

“We are so grateful to Taylor Wimpey and of course all those who voted for the Tibbs Dementia Foundation. Living with dementia is tough, but people can live better with dementia if they have the right support network around them – and this is what we aim to provide.”

Steve Rolt, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey, said: “We are delighted to present the Tibbs Dementia Foundation with £500 through our Community Chest initiative, after the readers of the T&C voted the organisation as the cause most deserving of this funding.

“This fantastic organisation does such wonderful work with people with dementia and their carers and we are delighted to be able to offer our support to this worthy local cause.”

Taylor Wimpey South Midlands is currently building new homes in this area at

Westlow Abbey, Wixams, Heritage Park, Wixams and Bramble Walk, Biggleswade.

Further information about Taylor Wimpey homes across the region is available at

To find out more about the Tibbs Dementia Foundation or to volunteer, call 07795 177948 or visit