Heads On Proud to be Lewes Golf Club Captains Charity of the Year
2019 will see Lewes Golf Club Captains Vicki Scott and Stuart Cameron Waller working hard to maximise their fundraising efforts for Heads On, with the help of club members and other supporters. The newly elected pair are determined to raise as much as possible for two projects to support dementia services in East Sussex.
Their initial focus is to buy Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities (RITA) equipment and software for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's Beechwood Unit at Uckfield Hospital. The software is a form of cognitive therapy which helps to calm, stimulate and reduce agitation in patients with dementia.
The therapy has been proven to positively engage patients, who have a cognitive decline in mental abilities such as memory and thinking. It helps people with dementia to recall memories and encourage interaction between them and their families. Beechwood Unit is the only dementia inpatient unit in East Sussex and the equipment will be a great new asset for patients and the staff supporting them.
"We both have personal experiences of friends who have suffered early onset dementia and have seen the devastating effect on them and their families,' said Stuart. 'We want Beechwood Unit to benefit from new and innovative technology to help patients become socially involved and less isolated.'
Once the money's been raised for the RITA system, Vicki and Stuart have also set their sights on supporting Sussex Partnership's Dementia Research Unit (DRU) at Crowborough. The DRU is dedicated to improving treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia by carrying out world-class clinical trials. Money raised for the DRU will be spent on improving the patient environment for those spending time at the Unit taking part in trials.
You can donate via Vicki and Stuart's Just Giving page here.