Nurse organises special day of remembrance at West Suffolk Hospital

Remembrance day tea-party on Ward F3 with Terry Waite and dementia patients for Forget Me Not campai

Remembrance day tea-party on Ward F3 with Terry Waite and dementia patients for Forget Me Not campaign. Left to right, Rachel Chaplin, Terry Waite, Dorothy (patient, no surname), Wendy Farrell, Theresa Moore. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Christmas shoppers will have a chance to boost the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign via a special online auction taking place next month.

The appeal is one of the beneficiaries of the second West Suffolk Hospital Charity Christmas Auction, which will feature a host of donated money-can’t-buy experiences and gifts.

Among the lots on offer with the money going directly to the appeal is a chance to have singer-songwriter Cody Pennington perform live in your living room.

In addition, proceeds from a Christmas hamper from Sainsbury’s in Bury Edmunds will benefit Forget-Me-Not.

Meanwhile, the campaign’s total has been given a welcome £1,200 boost this week with a coffee morning at Elmswell Fire Station netting an impressive £800.

The vintage tea day at Juniper Flowers in Sudbury raised just under £200 and a further £200 has come from St Mary’s Church in Bury St Edmunds.

Forget-Me-Not is working to raise £25,000 to enhance facilities for patients with dementia while they are on the wards at West Suffolk Hospital.

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A shining example of the ongoing support for dementia patients is Wendy Farrell – a nurse at the hospital and one of the dementia champions.

On Tuesday, she organised a special Remembrance afternoon for patients on Ward F3, many of whom have dementia. Humanitarian Terry Waite also came along to talk to patients.

Maggie Woodhouse, dementia trainer at the hospital said: “Wendy is a great example of some of the fantastic and selfless work staff are doing to improve the support and care we are able to offer to patients with dementia. Wendy always goes above and beyond and puts patients first at all times.”