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Dive for Dementia

The search is on for 20 daredevils with a head for heights to sign up for a charity skydive in aid of Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole hospitals. 

The Health Tree Foundation (HTF), the official charity of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, is appealing for fundraisers to skydive for dementia for patients across all three hospitals.

Money raised from the event will go towards the HTF’s ‘Golden Leaves’ appeal which will help to buy two state-of-the-art screens which will provide vital stimulation for dementia patients.

The screens are 22” touch screen units, pre-loaded with software which patients can use by themselves or with nurses/therapists/carers. This equipment aims to engage patients with a wide variety of activities including relaxation music, BBC archive clips, photos, interactive games, famous speeches and much more.

It also has an easily utilised ‘life collage or life story book’ facility, which can be completed with relatives to further personalise care.

All three hospitals endeavour to increasingly become more dementia friendly. Any remaining fundraising funds after the screens are purchased will go towards buying items that will make hospital stays more comfortable for dementia patients.

The charity has 20 skydive charity places up for grabs and is appealing for people to jump at the chance of skydiving from 15,000ft in aid of the local appeal.

Fundraisers are asked to pay £50 to secure their place and raise a minimum of £500 for the appeal. The event will take place on Sunday July 1 at Hibaldstow Skydive, Hibaldstow.

HTF community champion Laura Gooderham said: “Patients can become even more disorientated, confused and irritated when they are in hospital.

"We want to ensure their stay with us is as pleasant as possible. The nursing specialists already utilise such things as rummage boxes, dementia friendly clocks and signage however we want to go one step further.”

If you would like to secure a place or would like to raise money for the charity please contact HTF community champions Hayley Thompson (Scunthorpe) on 03033 305672 or Laura Gooderham (Grimsby Hospital) 03033 304514.

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