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A gift to remember for dementia patients

14th December 2015

DEMENTIA patients at a Staffordshire hospital will be able to enjoy a refreshing cuppa and chat over old times in familiar surroundings, thanks to a seasonal gift from Leek United…

A £500 donation from the Society is being used to help create a vintage tea room and 1960s living room at Leek Moorlands Hospital, kitted out with memorabilia from the past, including newspapers, books, games and crafts, where patients can retreat in a dementia-friendly environment during their hospital stay.

Experts widely recognise that people with dementia often retain long-term better than short-term memories and benefit from stimulating memories from years ago.

Based on a similar project already established at Cheadle Hospital, the new ‘yesteryear’ facility at Leek will be designed to provide patients with an experience of a time and place they will feel comfortable in, and which will be socially stimulating for them.

Rose Goodwin, Interim Director of Nursing and Quality at Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, said: “The Partnership Trust is extremely grateful to Leek United for their efforts in raising money for Leek Moorlands Hospital.

“On behalf of the Trust, I’d like to extend my thanks to the Society for their ongoing support of our community hospital in Leek and for helping us to create a dementia-friendly environment within the hospital which will be of great help to our patients.” 

Leek United has an annual tradition of making charitable Christmas donations in lieu of sending out corporate greetings.

Clare Beardmore, Leek United’s Marketing & Products Manager, said: “Leek Moorlands Hospital serves the same community as our ‘heartland’ branches in Leek and Cheadle – as well as many patients from North Staffordshire – and we are delighted that our seasonal donation is going towards a project that will help to enhance the quality of life of local people with dementia.”

Clare attended the hospital with Leek St Edward Street Branch Manager Richard Czapski and Gary Egan from the Leek Derby Street Branch to present the Society’s cheque to Ward Sister Cecelia Hine and Sue Pointon. 

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