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A seasonal gift to remember for patients

4th January 2017

LEEK United has given a seasonal gift to remember for dementia patients at a Staffordshire hospital.

A £500 donation from the Society is being used to add visual memory aids to a replica vintage tea room and 1960s living room at Leek Moorlands Hospital.

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

The ‘yesteryear’ facility at Leek is 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 during their hospital stay.

Leek United’s donation will now enable the hospital’s ‘RemPods’ to be kitted out with additional memorabilia from the past, including newspapers, books, games and crafts.

Cecelia Hine, Senior Sister on Cottage Ward at Leek Moorlands Hospital, said: “The RemPods are a special talking point for patients and their families, and help greatly with reminiscence therapy. Spending time with these diversions takes patients back to ‘the good old days’.

“We have many items from all eras to invoke conversations and discussions/debates about times gone by, and Leek United’s generous gift will enable us to expand these facilities further.”

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

A similar donation has been made to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Clare Beardmore, Leek United’s Head of Marketing & Products, 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 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 Leek Derby Street Branch Manager Sheila Kirk to present the Society’s cheque to Sister Hine and Ward Manager Kenneth Chell.

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