Patients receive twiddlemuffs as part of Dementia Awareness Week

Patients receive twiddlemuffs as part of Dementia Awareness Week
17 May 2017

PATIENTS at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital have been presented with hand warmers known as ‘Twiddlemuffs’ as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

The twiddlemuffs have been donated by generous members of the public over the past year. The knitted items are given to patients with dementia to help aid visual and sensory stimulation as they can often have restless hands and the twiddlemuffs occupy the patients to keep them active while in hospital.

The donations of around 200 twiddlemuffs were passed from Burton Hospitals Charity to the dementia team to celebrate Dementia Awareness Week, which takes place from Monday 15 until Friday 19 May.

The response to the public appeal for twiddlemuffs in recent times has been outstanding and the Trust are now appealing for members of the public to donate knee blackets.

Chris Maddox, Community Partnerships & Charities Manager for the Trust, said: “We now have enough twiddlemuffs in storage to keep us going for a long time, and that is down to the enormous generosity of the public. We still welcome donations of twiddlemuffs but we are now keen, if people still want to assist, for knee blankets.

“The blankets will be used for elderly patients who may not be able to move for long periods of time to keep warm.”

If you would like to donate a knee blanket, measuring approximately one metre by one metre, please post it to the Trust marked for the attention of: Chris Maddox, The House, Queens Hospital, Belvedere Road, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 0RB.

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