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Abridge Lady Golfers bring dementia therapy to Queen’s Hospital

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 July 2018

L - R: Sister Janet Yeboah and health care assistant Ruth Kennedy with Mary Bolton. Picture: King George & Queen’s Hospitals Charity.

L - R: Sister Janet Yeboah and health care assistant Ruth Kennedy with Mary Bolton. Picture: King George & Queen’s Hospitals Charity.

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A special charity golf day raised an impressive £20,000 for care services for the elderly at Queen’s Hospital in Rom Valley Way.

The Abridge Golf and Country Club ladies section hosted the charity golf day on Tuesday, June 21.

Organisers of the event, Pam Levine and Lesly Allsuch - both prolific fundraisers and charity ambassadors - were inspired after seeing the Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activity package (Rita) when it was delivered to King George Hospital last year.

Shortly after pledging to raise funds for this project, Lesley was tragically diagnosed with cancer herself.

Lesly courageously saw the project through while receiving chemotherapy at Queen’s Hospital but sadly died a week before the golf day presentation.

Pam said: “Lesley and I were members of King George and Queen’s Charity Ambassadors Club and last year we listened to a wonderful presentation given by Rizza Janier who is the ward manager on Fern Ward, King George Hospital.

“She talked about the difference that RITA has made to the patients on the ward and how having this technology has made the job of communication and simulation easier through music, games and exercise.

“Lesley and I asked our ladies golf section if they would help us support this idea and bring RITA to Queen’s Hospital.

“We were overwhelmed with the support we got and the £20,000 was a fitting tribute in Lesley’s memory.”

Lesly’s husband Brian and her daughters Caren and Debbie along with the Mayor of Havering, Dilip Patel were at the lunch to present the cheque for £20,000 to Lynda Head, head of fundraising at King George and Queen’s Hospital charity.

Lynda said: “On behalf of patients and staff at Queen’s we thank all the ladies of Abridge for this wonderful gift.

“Lesley was an inspirational lady and true friend of our charity for many years.

“Her passion and gritty determination was unstoppable and she will be truly missed.”

Lynda explained that the aim of the King George and Queen’s Hospital charity is not to subsidise core NHS responsibility but to work alongside their Trust and enhance it.

“This project has touched the hearts of many across the community and we are pleased to announce we can now purchase all five units for Queen’s after receiving another £6,000 from community group The GYPOS (Get your purple on) who meet in O’Grady’s in Ilford.”

Five units were originally installed at the cost of £25,000, generously donated by the League of Friends at King George Hospital, last year.

To learn more about the charity and how you can get involved call 01708 504 322.

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