Staff support Elf Day for patients with dementia
Staff at Airedale Hospital have taken part in raising awareness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia by unleashing their inner elf. Elf Day, which took place on 6 December, raises money for people affected by dementia by spreading some festive cheer. Staff on the pre assessment unit on ward 22 held a cake sale and raffle, with prizes donated from local businesses. The staff on ward 9 also dressed up for the event and held a cake sale on their ward for the event.
Corinne Hollings Health Care Support Worker at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:
“We wanted to support this charity because most of us know someone or someone close to them who has been affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia. We’d like to say a huge thank you to the businesses that have generously donated prizes, we have raised a wonderful total of £500. “
The staff and patients also had a visit from Luna the dementia companion dog who spent the day on the pre-operative assessment unit and joined in the festivities. Luna helps those with dementia by visiting the ward to comfort patients that need it during their stay. She also helps patients who are struggling with anxiety by sitting on their knee during their hospital appointment to give the patients real comfort and support.
“We’re always happy to have Luna on the ward, she’s so lovely and brings so much joy to everyone.”
All the money raised from the Elf Day will be going to the Alzheimer’s Society and Airedale Hospital’s own Dementia Trust Fund. Prizes were kindly provided by 22 The Square, Stray FM, Chill Out Zone, Debney’s, Panache, Whitakers Chocolates, Long Ashes, Ilkley Cinema, Bae Chique, Bettys Tea Room, Matrix Super bowl, Woodbank Nurseries, Alexander’s and all staff in the hospital who donated gifts, cakes and buns.