THE respite unit for people with dementia at the Hollies Day Centre in Musselburgh has been named after Ann Proudfoot, who was the centre’s chairman for 18 years. She died in late 2015.

Roger Knox, vice-chairman of the board of trustees, unveiled a plaque in her memory at a recent fundraising cheese and wine evening.

Manager Liz Shannon said: “It was Ann (pictured below) who worked tirelessly to build and open a respite unit for people with mild to moderate dementia, the only place in Musselburgh.

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“The respite unit will now be known as the Ann Proudfoot Annexe or Ann’s Annexe. A quote from Ann, ‘Age is just a number’, is on the plaque, which is very fitting for the Hollies.

“The plaque is displayed in the lunch club hall at the door to the annexe.”

The successful event featured the Clark Community Choir, Ana Filogonio, and Still Game actor James Martin, who is a strong supporter of the centre.

About £1,650 was raised, plus an anonymous donation of £900, which will go towards the ongoing maintenance of the day centre building on High Street.

Ms Shannon thanked everyone who gave support, including centre staff and local businesses who gave raffle prizes including The Quay, Ravelston House, Musselburgh Golf Course and Longniddry Inn.

Guests were keen to repeat the fundraising event, with a Jamaican theme and fish supper night to be hosted by Mr Martin soon.