Images of west Suffolk sought for hospital’s ‘memory walk’ for patients with dementia


Abbey gardens Bury St Edmunds

Abbey gardens Bury St Edmunds - Credit: citizenside.com

An appeal has gone out for photographs of west Suffolk taken between the 1950s and 1980s for inclusion in a ‘memory walk’ for patients with dementia.

Iconic images of the west of the county will form a focus of the Forget-Me-Not reminiscence walk at West Suffolk Hospital.

The walk is the focus of the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign which was launched by West Suffolk Hospital Charity in partnership with the EADT and Mercury newspapers last year.

Dave Gooderham, communications manager at the charity, said: “The Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign has received incredible support from the local community, raising more than £75,000 in 18 months.

“We are now working closely with a host of local groups, museums and businesses to ensure we cover every part of west Suffolk in the walk. We would like to hear from any reader who might have a great local photo for possible inclusion. We aim to use photos as big as possible so we kindly ask that they are of good quality or high resolution and that people contact us in the first instance to discuss the project.”

The aim of the walk is to help patients with dementia by invoking memories and starting discussions about what the images mean to them. The charity is working closely with the Suffolk Records Office and among the images set to feature are the Abbey Gardens, Sudbury water meadows, Lavenham, Dad’s Army and RAF Honington.

Anyone with suitable pictures can email dave.gooderham@wsh.nhs.uk

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