Newthorpe shop owner praised for helping customer with dementia
A caring corner shop owner has been recognised for his dedication to helping a customer with dementia.
Hitesh Godhania, of the Go Local store on Mill Road, was recently awarded a certificate of recognition from Eastwood Memory Cafe for going the extra mile to support a regular customer who has recently been diagnosed with dementia.
The Memory Cafe organises activities and offers a helping hand for people with dementia and their carers across Eastwood.
Chairman Diane Rowley said: “We would like to acknowledge Go Local for showing understanding to customers affected by memory issues and supporting our community.”
Eastwood Memory Cafe has rewarded various venues in the town that always go above and beyond to take care of their more vulnerable customers.
The initiative is part of a project to engage with the wider community and actively encourage kindness, tolerance and a better understanding of dementia.
Diane said: "Along with the certificate, we also give the businesses a Dementia Friendly pack, including a pledge for them to complete and return to us.
“We hope to really make a difference with this project and encourage a better understanding of dementia within our local community. There are some very caring people and businesses in our area.”
Many businesses in and around the town have been recognised with a certificate, including Eastwood Post Office, the Dog and Parrot pub, Jacksdale Garden Centre, Boyes, Eastwood Primary Care Centre and Westwick’s Hairdressers.