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Good luck to our staff climbing Helvellyn, the third highest peak in England

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017
Good luck to our staff climbing Helvellyn, the third highest peak in England

We would like to wish Michael Porter and Beverly Cork a huge good luck for their fundraising challenge to climb Helvellyn on Sunday 5th March. 

Michael, who works as activities and wellbeing coordinator on Ward 23 at North Tyneside hospital, wanted to thank Bright after seeing the difference made to patients.

Michael said: “Ward 23 at North Tyneside hospital has been massively supported by Bright and through your donations the ward has been able to provide a much more calming and home-away-from-home environment for our patients.”

“For example, some of our patients are living their lives with dementia and through the work of Bright we have been able to make changes that have made a difference and made our patients feel at ease. We have been able to introduce large clocks which have allowed patients to see better and stop the risk of becoming disorientated by not knowing the date or time. We have also invested in activity items and reminiscence tools, which help to engage our patients and evoke memories and conversations.”

“We have been able to obtain tools like ‘RemPods’ which are back-drops and items from yesteryear to bring back memories and to bring out discussions. We have an old shop front, a beach and even a living room with an old fashioned wireless, which also plays songs of the time. Very recently, Bright has supported us in the purchase of a revolutionary piece of activity software that has a variety of different apps and tools that help to not only engage but to also help bring smiles to our patients’ faces. The software is called ‘Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activity’ but we simply call her Rita. Rita has become much more than just a tablet or piece of software, she has become a part of the ward team that is always there to help brighten a patient’s day.”

“The support Bright has shown our ward has been amazing and because of this we have decided that it’s our time to help raise some cash to say THANK YOU.”

“Volunteers take on the huge task of supporting our patients and staff, and to help raise donations we have decided to climb Helvellyn, the third highest peak in England at 950 metres to show our support of Bright.”

“Every day we have volunteers who work in our hospital shops to support our charity and we see these people as the true unsung heroes of Bright Northumbria. This fundraising activity is to say thank you and to also highlight the amazing work of Bright, so more people know what their donations help to achieve.” 

To support Michael and Beverly, please visit their JustGiving page