Dementia boxesBournemouth Hospital Charity’s first ‘Brew Up for Dementia’ campaign has raised over £3,500 which will be used to buy 10 Therapeutic Intervention Kits to benefit patients with dementia.

The kits include a portable music player with calming music that helps patients relax, reminiscence folders and rummage bags which can help distract and interest dementia patients.

Trudi Ellis, Dementia Nurse Specialist, said: “The therapeutic kits will make a real difference to patients with dementia and to the staff caring for them.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported the campaign and held or attended an event.”

Barry Wilson, Events Officer at Bournemouth Hospital Charity, added: “Dementia is a cause that is close to so many people’s hearts and this is really evident from the support this campaign has received.

“You can still raise money for dementia by holding a coffee morning or afternoon tea. These kits will need replenishing so we will always need funds to do this.”

The Brew Up for Dementia campaign started in April and saw staff and the public hold afternoon teas, coffee mornings, bake sales and raffles.

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).

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