In the weeks before Christmas, offenders under Derbyshire Probation supervision in the High Peak area made holly wreaths which were presented to Newholme Hospital in Bakewell. The hospital’s patients added the final touches before they were offered for sale.
The hospital has been raising money for a special chair-bed for use by relatives staying at the hospital bedside of loved ones with dementia who are nearing the end of life.
Joy Fox, Community Payback Supervisor with Derbyshire Probation, said: “When I learnt of the fundraising from my sister Lorraine who works at Newholme Hospital, I thought it was a great cause to support. The offenders really enjoyed making the wreaths. I was surprised at how many of them have, or had, relatives with some degree of dementia. When I suggested this way of helping the hospital, they were very happy to be involved”.
Occupational Therapist Lorraine Turner, who is based at Newholme, part of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, commented: “Joy’s offer of help was a big boost to our fundraising. We are very grateful to the offenders for supporting this cause. Patients painted and wired the fir cones and added decorations and bows to the wreaths in therapy sessions and we were then able to offer them for sale. We have collected over £600 and now have enough money to order the chair bed.”
“Dementia greatly affects relatives as well as patients. By being able to provide this chair bed we can offer people a little more comfort when staying by their relative’s bedside in their final hours.”