Metalwork maestro and expert on the hit BBC series The Repair Shop, Dom Chinea, will be donating his lovingly restored Vespa to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society, it was announced today (FRI).
Purchased in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic, the yellow 1976 Vespa 150 Super has been a restoration passion-project for Dom for over a year, seeing him through lockdown.
Dom said: “I have stripped the Vespa down to every individual component, everything has been cleaned, repaired or replaced if necessary. The frame has had any rotten areas cut out and new panels welded in place, and where possible I have tried to retain as much of the original paint as I can, repainting just the replaced panels and blending them in.
“The engine and gearbox have been completely rebuilt using a Mazzucchelli crank and rod, a new 186cc top end, all new bearings and gaskets, brand new wheels and tyres, all new suspension and brakes - everything has been lovingly rebuilt!”
After the loving restoration, Dom has decided to raffle the Vespa with all proceeds raised going to Alzheimer’s Society. Tickets are available to buy now costing £10. To make a donation and buy a ticket for the raffle log onto https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dominicchinea
There are currently 850,000 people with dementia, by 2025 there will be one million, by 2051, two million.
With limited treatments and no cure, support for people with dementia is only available through costly social care. Alzheimer’s Society is here to support everybody affected by dementia, campaigning to change the social care system we all want to grow old in.
The Vespa’s complete restoration story can be watched on Dom’s Instagram and YouTube channel which is where Dom will also announce the winner at 3pm on Sunday, 31st July.
The online closing date for ticket purchases is Saturday 30th July.
Dom said: “Thank you everyone for your support. There is no limit to how many donations you can make – just buy more tickets! All funds go straight to the charity and every pound really does make a difference. However much I absolutely love the scooter I can’t wait to give someone else the chance to enjoy riding it, and in the meantime raise money for a charity that is close to my heart.”
Alex Hyde-Smith, Director of Fundraising, Alzheimer’s Society said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Dom for raffling off his much-loved and painstakingly restored Vespa in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. It’s a wonderful gesture and we want to say a massive thank you to him and everyone who buys a ticket. We wish them all good luck in the draw!
“People with dementia have been worst hit by coronavirus, accounting for over a quarter of all deaths, and many more rapidly deteriorating from the knock-on effects of lockdown. It’s never been more important to support the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK.
“Thanks to the continued support and generosity of supporters like Dom, we can make sure people get the information and support they need, through vital services like our Dementia Connect Support line.”
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Notes to Editors:
About Alzheimer’s Society
- Via the Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Advisers provide emotional support and practical during this difficult time. Phone lines are open 7 days a week. For Welsh speakers, our Welsh-speaking Dementia Connect support line is 03300 947 400.
- For up to date information, services and practical advice, please visit alzheimers.org.uk
- Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, fund research, campaign to improve care and create lasting change for people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Dementia deaths are rising year on year and 225,000 people will develop dementia this year - that’s one every three minutes.
- Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia.