Dementia campaigner Peter Smith, from Rothwell, Yorkshire, was excited to hear that Prime Minister David Cameron had taken notice of his Tea Cosy dementia cafe to the point of donating a raffle prize.
Expecting maybe a hamper or dinner set, the 65-year-old, who initially contacted 10 Downing Street to invite Cameron to the monthly Rothwell event, told his crowd of regulars to expect something special at its December 1 meeting. Cameron’s office sent Peter a signed picture.
Peter’s cafe at Rothwell Parish Centre, in Wood Lane, Rothwell, aims to help carers and people with dementia, a condition that can affect memory, understanding and speech.
Peter, who has worked for the Alzheimer’s Society since his mother Phyllis’ battle with the condition, said: “I wouldn’t buy it. I think it’s a bit presumptuous as a raffle prize.” He said the gesture was “bizarre”. A Downing Street spokesman said the gift was “intended as a gesture of good will”.