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Egg-cellent event in aid of local hospital

People are being invited to an egg-cellent fun-packed Easter event in aid of raising money for dementia patients at Grimsby hospital.

The Tesco Extra café on Grimsby’s Victoria Street is throwing open its doors to children and parents on Saturday April 15 with an Easter-themed fundraising event.

There will be colouring and table top games. Scrubs the Bear, the mascot of the hospital’s charity, The Health Tree Foundation (HTF), will also be there.  Admission is free but people will be asked if they would like to make a donation to the HTF in aid of dementia patients at Grimsby hospital.

Darren Welsh, Tesco Extra café manager said: “I think this event is all about coming together with our local community. We hope to raise lots of money for The Health Tree Foundation. Our team are really excited about the event and hope to hold a lot more in the future.”

He added that the Tesco store management had donated lots of prizes to be won on the day.              

Lauren Alexander, community champion for HTF said: “What a great event. Food shopping is boring at the best of times for children, so what an incentive for families to use. We are extremely grateful for the café’s support.”

Money raised from the Easter event will go towards buying an interactive reminiscence therapy screen for patients with dementia at the hospital.

Lauren added: “The screens cost around £6,000 each so we are hoping people will get behind this fundraising idea and help us make a difference for people with dementia and their families.”

Rachel Greenbeck, quality matron with the lead for dementia and learning disabilities, said: “The interactive touch screens, which can be used at the patient’s bedside, contain a huge range of photographs, video clips, radio shows, music and lyrics from bygone artists like Glenn Miller, Elvis and Perry Como.

“The material is chosen to spark recollections that can stimulate conversations between the patient and nursing staff helping to provide a more personalized care and well-being.”

The system also allows profiles of patients to be created to include their likes and dislikes as well as family pictures.

By creating a digital environment that is familiar to patients the reminiscence aids can ease anxiety and distress and encourage patients to interact with staff and each other.

Rachel added: “The digital reminiscence software can capture memories about individual patients from across their lives in one place to create something really meaningful. It enables nursing staff and carers to interact with patients in contexts that are familiar to them; allowing staff to provide real person-centred care.

“I would like to thank Darren and his team for their support with this fundraising event.  It is great that we can get the local public involved in raising money for people living with dementia to improve the care we give at our local hospital.”

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