19th May 2022

Dementia patients at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, are able to enjoy some music therapy thanks to a generous donation from a local charity.

Hospital staff have said a massive thank you to the Pilgrim Hospital Support Group charity for their recent donation 10 CD/radio players

Safeguarding Specialist for Dementia, Zoe Chapman, advises and supports colleagues from across United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust in providing the best care for patients with dementia. She said: “Music and memory have a powerful connection and can have many benefits for patients who have dementia. It can help reduce anxiety and depression, help maintain speech and language, is helpful at the end of life, enhances quality of life and has a positive impact on carers by seeing the person, they thought they had already lost, sparkle once again.”

The charity, which raises funds through its shop on Rosegarth Street in Boston, has been supporting the hospital for more than 20 years.

Chairperson, Denise Must, said: “We are all volunteers and happily give our time to help raise funds to make things better for patients and staff at Pilgrim hospital. The staff do an amazing job and we love to support them by providing additional items to help them to care for their patients.”

The shop relies on donations and sells everything from linen, to toys, books, clothing and crockery. It is open six days a week from 10am-2pm and invites everyone to pop in.

The charity wanted to make sure that the players were delivered in time for Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from Monday 16 May to Sunday 22 May 2022.

ULHT Dementia Practitioner Naz Fernandes, who is based at Pilgrim hospital, added “Being in hospital at any time can be unsettling, but especially for our patients with dementia who can find it disorientating, confusing and often upsetting. We cannot thank the charity enough for this generous donation. Distractions and music therapy is so important. Being able to listen to a familiar and favourite song can bring instant comfort and is invaluable.”

Photo: Charity Trustee Sue Rivett, Charity Chairperson Denise Must, Charity Trustee Michael Clarke, Charity Trustee Maria Henderson, with Safeguarding Specialist for Dementia Zoe Chapman and Dementia Practitioner Naz Fernandes.

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