Golf club donates £2,000 to Excel Appeal for specialist dementia equipment

Left to Right: Graham Gerrish (Seniors Captain), Rachel Hodgkinson (Lady Captain), Laurence Morlaàs

Left to Right: Graham Gerrish (Seniors Captain), Rachel Hodgkinson (Lady Captain), Laurence Morlaàs (The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Fundraising Executive) Aaron Daly (Men’s Captain) - Credit: Archant

Golfers have clubbed together to raise more than £2,000 which will help pay for specialist dementia equipment at a hospital.

The donation of £2,015, from Heacham Manor Golf Club, to Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Excel Appeal, will go towards a reminiscence software package called 'My Life', which helps both patients and nurses.

Heacham Manor is the second golf club in West Norfolk to raise money for the appeal, following Searles Resort Golf and Country Club's donation last week.

The appeal, supported by the EDP, aims to raise £50,000 for specialist equipment, such as falls prevention kits, recliner chairs, and the My Life dementia software.

Laurence Morlaas, fundraising executive at the hospital, said: 'I am thrilled as this donation, coupled with the other donation from Searles. will buy a digital reminiscence therapy software package to support our patients who have dementia.'

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The package provides memory therapy for patients who have dementia, and the interactive system can be used in small groups or at the patient's bedside.

It stores a huge selection of photographs, video clips, radio shows, and music from as far back as the 1930s.

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'The software helps nursing staff to provide tailor-made patient care and enhances meaningful interaction,' Ms Morlaas said.

'One can also include patients' personal information, such as family snapshots, likes, dislikes, and this helps build a profile of the patient.

'It will make a difference to our patients' experience, particularly those who are vulnerable and affected by dementia.'

The donation was presented to Ms Morlaas at the golf club's AGM.

The club raised the money through annual events such as Captains' Day, Seniors' Open, and Ladies Invitational.

To donate to the appeal visit, or pay by cheque: payable to 'Excel Appeal' and send to Laurence Morlaàs, fundraising executive, QEH, Gayton Road, King's Lynn PE30 4ET.

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