Thanks to the generosity of local people, we have now reached our first appeal target of £40,000.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve received hundreds of donations from local people who want to make Sheffield hospitals better for patients with dementia. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported our appeal, you'll help us to start making a difference right away.

The money raised so far will give more patients with dementia the chance to take part in arts and crafts sessions and provide a welcome opportunity for them to socialise with each other and to get to know staff on their ward. The sessions also help to stop their dementia symptoms from getting worse by providing some form of mental stimulation and a chance to get out of bed and be active.

The difference I see in patients from when they arrive to the sessions and when they leave is remarkable. They are much more interactive with staff and other patients around them. It’s so nice to see them smile, chat together, and enjoy themselves.

– Kathryn Stones, Arts Activity Coordinator

    

The sessions encourage patients to become more involved and interact with the staff members which means they can get to know them on a more personal level, which is exactly what the dementia appeal is all about – being able to care for each individuals unique needs

- Dr. Katharine Fox, Ward Brearley 6

Keep checking back to find out how the appeal is progressing and how you are making the experience of going hospital much better for a person with dementia so they can return home as fit and healthy as possible.