MIND bus tribute for former volunteer

NMAC11-2609-2' Hilda Wallace, left, presents the keys to a new minibus to Liz Moore the Day Centre Organiser from the Mind Charity, at Kelstredge Drive Community Centre last Thursday, in memory of her husband Dan Wallace who was a volunteer driver for MIND
NMAC11-2609-2' Hilda Wallace, left, presents the keys to a new minibus to Liz Moore the Day Centre Organiser from the Mind Charity, at Kelstredge Drive Community Centre last Thursday, in memory of her husband Dan Wallace who was a volunteer driver for MIND

HILDA Wallace knows more than most about the debilitating affects of Alzheimer’s Disease after her husband battled the illness for 12 years.

Dan Wallace, a father and former dog handler for 30 years with Nottinghamshire Police, lost his fight for life on 29th January - his wife’s birthday.

Since her husband’s passing, Hilda and others have continued to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society and former Chad charity Central Notts MIND to help raise their profiles and keep the services going.

This week, a new minibus was donated to MIND through the generous fundraising efforts and officially named after Dan Wallace who also worked as volunteer bus driver for MIND during his retirement.

“We are honoured as a family that MIND has chosen to dedicate the new bus that they have just required through donations and fundraising to Dan by officially naming it Dan the Man,” said Hilda.

“Alzheimer’s Disease is very individual in how it affects each person, it is more than just memory loss, it causes total and irrevocable personality changes.”

Dan was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease aged 62 and was looked after by Hilda with help from staff at MIND, New Outlook and Mansfield’s Alzheimer’s Society branch.

“Both MIND and the Alzheimer’s Society rely on public generosity through donations and fundraising,” added Hilda.

“Recent cuts in services means that these charities have to work harder at fundraising so that more local people can be helped.”

l Visit www.centralnottsmind.org.