Full Monte ensures Tunbridge Wells dementia patients are in good company

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A DONATION from a Kent fundraising group has helped patients feel at home on a ward at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury.

The Full Monte Consortium, a private fund set up by Kent auctioneer Clive Emson to help those in need, raised money to buy a TV and DVD player for the dementia café and lounge area on Ward 20.

Kim Mitchell, a key worker on the ward, identified that people with dementia would benefit from taking part in activities in the company of other patients.

Ward volunteer Andrew Bligh then approached The Full Monte for help.

Gaynor Gibbons, Matron for Specialist Medicine, said: ‘A huge thank you to both Kim and Andrew, who have been fundamental in ensuring this purchase takes place, and to the Full Monte for their generous donation.

‘Also, our thanks go to Robert Culver of UTech Solutions who donated his time to source and set up the equipment for the ward.’

She added: ‘Now the patients can sit back and relax in the lounge area and enjoy a film after lunch in the company of other people.’

PICTURE: SWITCHED ON: Staff on Ward 20 with the new audiovisual equipment

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