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Bournemouth Hospital urges people to organise tea parties for dementia care

By mbarber  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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Nursing staff join the campaign by catching up over a cup of tea.

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Bournemouth Hospital Charity is encouraging people to kick start the kettle, dig out the dishes and host coffee mornings or afternoon teas as part of its Brew Up for Dementia campaign this April.

All money raised through events, from small tea parties with friends to cake sales in church halls, will go towards helping patients with dementia.

Last year around 2,600 patients with dementia were treated at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH).

Money raised will go towards items like a photo album to fill with family photos which can help orientate a patient (£15), appropriate slippers which helps dementia patients to walk properly and in comfort (£5), a portable music player which helps to calm and comfort them (£25) or fiddle mats or rummage bags which help distract and interest dementia patients (£50).

Lindsey Sturman, fundraising manager for Bournemouth Hospital Charity, said: “It’s really easy to get involved. Grab your kettle, some tea bags and coffee and tempt your guests along by offering some tasty cakes too – who could refuse? Raise money by asking for a donation per slice of cake or you could charge a couple of pounds entry. A great tip is to arrange it late morning when your guests will be hungry.”

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