As part of their commitment to the community, Tallents Solicitors was delighted to be able to offer £250 as the first prize in the Friends of Newark Hospital raffle.

The Friends of Newark Hospital and Sherwood Forest Hospitals Charity are aiming to raise £105,000 towards Newark Hospital Dementia Care Appeal, which wants to make the Sconce Ward more dementia friendly. The Sconce Ward is a sub-acute ward and although it treats the full age range of adult patients many are frail older patients with dementia.

Partner, Alistair Millar is pictured with the Chair of the Friends of Newark Hospital, June Howsam. The Grand Raffle raised an additional £2,654, helping to bring the Dementia Care Appeal total to £30,000.

Alistair said: “Tallents Solicitors has been part of the fabric of Newark since 1774 and supporting our local community has always been at the heart of what we do. We are delighted to have been able to support the Newark Hospital Dementia Care Appeal and help them get closer to their fundraising target.”

About the Newark Hospital Dementia Care Appeal

Possible plans for the Sconce Ward include colour coded areas, clear signs with pictures and better lighting to help patients who might be disorientated, an end of life care room in a quieter part of the ward where patients can spend time alone with family members, a social activities area to keep patients stimulated meaning they are less likely to try to walk around the ward unattended, reducing the risk of falls, adapted flooring to help reduce the risk of falls and mobile nursing stations so that nurses can work closer to vulnerable patients.

Matron for Newark Hospital Carly Rollinson said: “It’s really exciting for us to be looking at this project at Newark Hospital. We really want to improve the ward for our patients by making areas easier to recognise and navigate around. I would urge everyone to get behind this appeal as it really will help to make such a difference.”

Chair of the Friends of Newark Hospital, June Howsam, added: “We are delighted to be working with Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust Charity on the appeal. I can’t wait to get started on the fundraising. People are always so generous and we are really grateful for the support from the community.”

People can donate to the Newark Hospital Dementia Care Appeal via www.justgiving.com/sherwoodforest/, by cheque made payable to Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Funds -please specify where you would like your donation to be made to and send to Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Community Involvement Department, Newark Hospital, Boundary Road, Newark, NG24 4DE  or by credit or debit card via telephone on 01636 685664 Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm.