Bournemouth Hospital Charity is asking you to catch up over a cuppa as part of its ‘Brew Up’ for Dementia campaign which runs throughout April.
The ‘Brew Up’ campaign involves supporters flicking the kettle on, getting some cakes and biscuits out and inviting friends, family, colleagues or neighbours over for an afternoon tea or a coffee morning. All proceeds from cake and drink sales will go towards dementia services at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Dementia affects a staggering 820,000 people in the UK with the figure set to double by 2030. Last year around 2,600 patients with dementia were treated at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH).
Last year saw the very first ‘Brew Up’ campaign and raised over £3,500 which led to the purchase of 10 Therapeutic Intervention Kits (TIK) that are used on wards in the hospital.
Trudi Ellis, Matron Older Persons Medicine, said: “Each TIK includes music players with calming music that helps patients relax, reminiscence folders and rummage bags which can help distract and interest dementia patients, and the staff and patients find them extremely useful.
Barry Wilson, events officer for Bournemouth Hospital Charity, said: “Dementia has hit the headlines recently and is something that many people worry about. It affects thousands of people and most people know at least one person who is living with it.
“Being part of the ‘Brew Up’ campaign couldn’t be easier, just decide where you’d like to hold your event, invite some friends and then turn on the kettle. Why not ask your friends to bake a cake and bring it along to help you out. It doesn’t matter how big or small your event is – everything you raise will go towards dementia services and will make a real difference.”
Bournemouth Hospital Charity aims to raise £2m each year to support the patient experience above and beyond what the NHS can provide. Donations to the charity provide the funding for much needed equipment and resources.