Bury St Edmunds opens longest hospital memory walk

Dementia lead Julie Fountain with dementia campaigner Nicci Gerrard and dementia trainer Maggie Woodhouse on West Suffolk Hospitals memory walk
Dementia lead Julie Fountain with dementia campaigner Nicci Gerrard and dementia trainer Maggie Woodhouse on West Suffolk Hospitals memory walk
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A corridor designed to provide a calm and comforting space for patients with dementia has been officially opened at West Suffolk Hospital.

The 100-metre Forget-Me-Not Walk is believed to be the longest hospital memory walk in the country and was made possible through the community’s support of a My WiSH Charity campaign.

It contains iconic local, national and international images alongside everyday household reminiscence, designed and printed by Risby-based G Signs & Design Ltd.

Nicci Gerrard, dementia campaigner and author, and Joyce Dainty, the campaign’s very first donor, officially opened the walk on July 15.

Julie Fountain, dementia lead, said: “It has been a real labour of love but it is a great example of hospital departments working together with our generous community to create something that is going to make such a difference to our patients, their family members and carers.

“The Forget-Me- Not Walk will be used by our staff to walk with patients around the area and talk with them about what memories the images and reminiscent material evokes.”

The campaign, launched in March 2014, has raised more than £95,000 allowing the hospital to make even more improvements for dementia patients.

Sue Smith, charity fund-raising manager, said: “Our plan is to always have the Forget-Me- Not Dementia Campaign, as part of the many funds operated and run by My WiSH Charity.”

Donate at www.justgiving.com/forgetmenotcampaign