It was back to the 1950s at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a tea party to thank all those who have supported a team of nine to reach the national finals of the Apprentice Team of the Year.
The QEH team is the only NHS Trust ever to have reached the finals of the annual Brathay Apprentice Challenge and won their place on the merits of their creation of a ‘pop up’ Reminiscence Room. This will be used in the hospital to help patients with dementia unlock memories of their own past. It is based on a number of 1950s-style room settings and features artefacts, publications, music and photos.
As a way of saying ‘thank-you’ to hospital staff and local people who had rummaged through their attics to find 1950s memorabilia, the apprentices held a 1950s style tea-and-cake party, complete with genuine ‘Sunday Best’ embroidered tablecloths and cake stands.
The finals will be held at Windermere in June, against seven other finalists, including British Airways and Virgin Media. Apprentice Lizzie Townsley, 19, said: “Local people have been so generous in donating items and we can’t thank them enough. This has been a really enjoyable project to work on. All we have to do now is concentrate on the finals!”
Pictured are apprentices Lizzie Townsley, left, Samantha Mansfield and Jade Myhill, right, in authentic 1950s outfits.