City dementia patients to benefit from crafters’ donation

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Dementia unit cheque presenation

Published 20.10.2022

Dementia patients at Peterborough City Hospital are to benefit from a £1,500 donation – thanks to the generosity of creative crafters.

 The Fitzwilliam Quilters raised the money through a raffle and donations of tutor fees from its Saturday workshops.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Trust, Dementia Nurse Specialist Alison Gray said: “We are hugely grateful to the Fitzwilliam Quilters for their generous donation which will be make a huge difference for our patients living with dementia.

 “Hospital environments can be difficult for patients living with dementia and sometimes a simply distraction activity can engage or redirect their mind from current emotions they are experiencing being in hospital, so providing items for the distraction boxes on the wards would benefit these patients great.

 “As well as gaining some input from the ward managers and teams as to how the money could best be spent, we will be updating our patient distraction boxes which include quiz books, adult colouring books, jigsaw puzzles and sensory objects.”

 Each year, the Quilters group decides on a charity to benefit from the funds. Treasurer Jo Hemingray explained: “It is important for the membership that the chosen charity will support local people living within the Peterborough area.

 “Our members have requested that the entire donation be used for the dementia patients at Peterborough City Hospital, for the benefit and wellbeing of patients being treated and cared for within the department.”

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Left to right: Peterborough City Hospital charitable fund administrator Sue Jones, Fitzwilliam Quilters Group treasurer Jo Hemingray and committee member Lynne Hemsley present the cheque to Peterborough City Hospital dementia nurse specialist Alison Gray.

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