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Dementia Patients Celebrate VE Day Anniversary at the Double

Dementia Patients Celebrate VE Day Anniversary at the Double

Date of release: 13 May 2020

Dementia patients at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust had a double reason to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day – after a donation of iPads from Banks’s and Marston’s Breweries.

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Staff from the Dementia Outreach team celebrate with flags and bunting, cakes and treats
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Ward Sister Helen Farrelly-Daly entertains dementia patients with her guitar


Ward One at West Park Hospital was decked out with Union Jacks, bunting and balloons to celebrate the historic day when the Second World War officially came to an end. Party Angels, a party and balloon shop on Cannock Road, Wolverhampton, donated flags and balloons, party food was kindly provided by ASDA and Marks & Spencer generously paid for cakes and biscuits. Sam Jackson, Ward Administrator, organised the donations. Members of the team decorated the ward and Ward Sister Helen Farrelly-Daly brought in her guitar and played songs, taking requests from patients, who were joined by Nurses, Doctors, Therapists and Clinical Volunteers.

Of the six iPads paid for by Banks’s and Marston’s, one is to go to the Dementia Outreach Service at West Park, and one to the Learning Disabilities Team. The iPads have so far been used mainly for Facetime communication opportunities with family.

Latest News: Dementia patients celebrate VE Day Anniversary at the Double
Staff from the Dementia Outreach team celebrate with flags and bunting, cakes and treats
Latest News: Dementia patients celebrate VE Day Anniversary at the Double
Ward Sister Helen Farrelly-Daly and Julie Willoughby, Consultant Nurse for Dementia Services, pictured with iPad kindly donated by Banks's and Marston's Breweries


Julie Willoughby, Consultant Nurse for Dementia Services, said: “It was lovely seeing everyone enjoying themselves and celebrating the anniversary. The iPad will be a very valuable resource to help keep connections between patients and their family and friends.”

Banks's and Marston’s Breweries have been making donations to the Trust for over 40 years and are delighted to continue their support. Colin Walton, spokesman for Marston’s Employees Charity Fund, said: “We’re always pleased to help local medical staff and patients and the iPads will enable patients to communicate with friends and relatives.”

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