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Widow's special memory boxes
Thursday, 05 July 2012
A SALTASH widow has honoured her late husband’s memory with a special gift to the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, of which he had been a governor.
Bernard Oakes had served for two years on the trust, and had worked closely with the charitable fund to support community projects to improve mental health and tackle stigma.
After he died unexpectedly on May 16, his widow Janet decided to make a gift of ‘Reminiscence Boxes’ to the Trust.
‘I want to use the money Bernard’s friends and family donated in his memory to stimulate the memories of people with dementia by buying Reminiscence Boxes.
‘Each box will be used by the trust’s specialist community teams to provide individual treatment at home for people with dementia, as well as support for the family members who care for them,’ Janet said.
For people living with dementia – and their carers – days are often distressing, repetitive and very long. A Reminiscence Box, filled with simple items – such as a bar of Sunlight soap, ‘old’ money, marbles, a darning mushroom, liquorice sticks and nappy pins – will stimulate those memories which remain intact.
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