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NCS students supporting Rotherham Hospital Charity!

24 Aug 2015 16:47:28

National Citizen Service raise funds for Twiddlemuffs!

Students from the National Citizen Service (NCS) have chosen to raise funds for Dementia patients at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, through Rotherham Hospital Charity, and have raised over £300 in just one week.

NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that helps young people build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and meeting new friends. One of the teams taking part in NCS with the Rotherham United Community Sports Trust chose to raise funds for Dementia Care at the Trust as part of their NCS projects.

The group raised a fantastic £180 with a cake bake and raffle event in Rotherham Hospital’s main entrance and continued to raise awareness and money with a sponsored walk and social media activity.

The funds raised will be used to launch the new Dementia Care initiative; Twiddlemuffs! Twiddlemuffs are a knitted hand muff with interesting bits and bobs attached inside and out and are designed to provide simple stimulation for people with dementia who often have active hands.

Beth Goss, Lead Nurse for Dementia Care at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are doing a wide range of work to support people with dementia. These muffs will provide our patients with something to sooth restless hands and minimise agitation.

“I would like to say a special thank you to the NCS students and Rotherham Hospital Charity for supporting us in creating the first batch of Twiddlemuffs for patients at the Trust. It is inspirational and heart-warming to see such a great group of young adults give up their time to support us in making a real difference for patients.”

If you are a willing knitter and could help to create Twiddlemuffs as part of our dementia awareness work, please contact Beth on the number below. Don’t worry if you are not an expert; the pattern is very simple!

For more information on Dementia Care at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, please contact Beth Goss on 01709 428372. 

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NCS students bring smiles on the Children’s Ward!

A second group of National Citizen Service (NCS) students have chosen to support Rotherham Hospital Charity and have donated over £600 in toys for the benefit of children on Rotherham Hospital’s Children’s Ward.

As part of their NCS projects, one of the teams with the Rotherham United Community Sports Trust chose to raise funds for Rotherham Hospital Charity’s Dr Ted’s Children’s Appeal.

The group have organised a variety of fundraising events to raise funds including a run and cycle-athon at a local gym, a charity car wash and a tombola. Raising a fantastic £600, the group went out to purchase toys, activity sets, DVD players and tablet computers for children to enjoy during their stay on the ward.

Tracy Williams, Charity Development Officer for Rotherham Hospital Charity, said: “I would like to say a special thank you to the two groups of NCS students who have chosen to support Rotherham Hospital Charity, their enthusiasm and proactive approach to fundraising has been amazing.

“Collectively, the two groups have raised almost £1000 and every penny is being spent on enhancing patient experience for both elderly patients and children who have a stay in hospital.”

For further information about Rotherham Hospital Charity, please contact Tracy Williams on 01709 427589. 

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