An appeal on Facebook has led to a large donation to one of Royal Bolton Hospital’s surgical wards, when one of its nurses appealed for support helping to make the ward more comfortable for those with dementia.
The Al-Imdaad Foundation, based in Blackburn, fundraises and support charities locally and internationally. ‘Team Lokan’ is a group of 20 men from the Foundation, local to Bolton, who take part in fun sporting activities whilst raising awareness of issues in the community.
Following the Facebook appeal they kindly decided to make the ward their next project. Their fantastic £1,000 donation will complement work that has already taken place on the ward to improve the areas adapted for those with dementia. As well as purchasing recliner chairs and small tables for patients who may feel more comfortable sitting in a quieter environment, the money will contribute to patient and carer boxes filled with small items that can make a big difference to patients. Something as simple as a teapot can help patients reminisce, share a drink with loved ones, and will play a big part in plans to introduce family events on the ward such as Bingo Sundays.
Al-Imdaad Foundation UK Country Director, Dr Hafez Abdussamad Mulla said:
“Team Lokan’s aim was to highlight the fact that many families within our communities have a loved one who has dementia. We’ve been working hard to raise awareness of the importance of seeking help.”
“It is amazing that Team Lokan are supporting their local hospital, we feel it is our duty as so many people use the hospital on a daily basis. We are proud to be part of a long journey ahead. Together we can serve humanity.”
Lois Higgins, the staff nurse who has played a big part in the campaign said:
“I’d like to say a big thank you to the charity, for their donation and helping us to create a dementia friendly environment for patients, their carers and relatives.”
Shirley Whittaker, G3 ward manager at Royal Bolton Hospital added:
“The team have worked so hard to make our ward as comfortable as possible for our patients who may have dementia. We’ve already made improvements but this kind donation will help us to go that step further for our patients. Thank you to the team for choosing us.”
More information about fundraising for the Bolton NHS Charitable Fund can be found at www.boltonft.nhs.uk/get-involved/charitable-giving/. More information about the work of the Al-Imdaad Foundation can be found at www.alimdaad.co.uk.