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Club donation boosts King's Lynn hospital dementia campaign




Staff on the West Newton ward at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital with donations made by the Heacham Social Club for Dementia Action Week (11373670)
Staff on the West Newton ward at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital with donations made by the Heacham Social Club for Dementia Action Week (11373670)

A village community group has thrown its weight behind a programme of activities for dementia patients at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Officials from the Heacham Social Club donated flowers, compost and potted plants to the hospital’s West Newton ward, to allow patients there to create their own hanging baskets.

The project was just one part of a packed programme of activities planned to mark Dementia Action Week, which ended on Sunday, at the hospital.

And staff say the project, which also included singing and sport sessions, plus a tea party for families, has had a big impact on patients.

Ward sister Fran Carman said: “It has been fantastic to see the patients interact and get involved with the activities.

“We’ve noticed an increase in both patients’ appetites and their social interaction.”

The week also included a session painting rocks which will form part of a forthcoming treasure hunt event along West Norfolk’s coastline

Support worker Debbie Smith said: “The plan is to scatter them at Hunstanton beach.

“We have put our address on the back of the rocks and we are going to see how many make their way back to us.

“The activities have been really successful and the patients have really enjoyed them. We would love to run an event like this again.”


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