Kelly Lockyer, dementia nurse specialist and Kevin Hall, dementia training officer from the Dementia Team at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Kelly Lockyer, dementia nurse specialist and Kevin Hall, dementia training officer from the Dementia Team at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Brew Up for Dementia is in full swing and Bournemouth Hospital Charity is encouraging others join in by flicking the kettle on and helping to raise funds for dementia care at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The campaign involves individuals or groups organising a coffee morning or cake sale in April and inviting friends, family or colleagues to come along and enjoy some drinks and cake.

Members of the dementia team at the hospital showed their support for the campaign by holding a cake sale at the hospital today and raised over £200. They also ran a cake sale last week and raised around £190.

Kelly Lockyer, dementia nurse specialist, said:“We really wanted to get behind ‘Brew Up’ and know how much of a difference the money raised throughout the campaign will have on patients.

“We were really busy this morning and are thrilled with the amount of money we raised and hope others will show their support by organising their own cake sale or coffee morning.”

Money raised from this year’s campaign will go towards buying four iPads to support with the national ‘This is Me’ initiative which helps people with dementia to tell hospital staff about their needs, preferences, likes, dislikes and interests. Money will also help to fund dementia boxes which include reminiscence folders and rummage bags which can help distract and interest dementia patients. Also, the money will fund weekly music therapy for patients.

“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,” said Barry Wilson, events officer for Bournemouth Hospital Charity.

To find out more, please visit http://bournemouthhospitalcharity.org/brewup/ or call the Charity Office on 01202 704060.

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