Concert will help dementia patients

A Christmas Concert is being held to raise money for a hospital dementia project. PNL-141125-102637001
A Christmas Concert is being held to raise money for a hospital dementia project. PNL-141125-102637001

A festive feelgood Christmas concert will raise money to help provide hospital care for dementia patients.

The Christmas Cracker featuring Bedford Hospital Choir and Bedford Brass will donate proceeds to the Friends of Bedford Hospital’s Dementia support project.

It aims to furnish two comfortable, non-clinical quiet rooms adjacent to the Elizabeth and Harpur wards for elderly patients who are admitted with medical needs such as hip replacement, but who also suffer from dementia.

Chairman of the Friends of Bedford Hospital Felicity Scott said: “The new Quiet Rooms - one for men and one for women - co-ordinated in relaxing colours, will be havens of peace for these patients, who find it hard to eat their meals and to recover well in the unfamiliar surroundings of a ward.”

The project is costing £16,000 and includes specially designed furniture, crockery and cutlery along with safety-first radios and televisions, and memory walls displaying old pictures of Bedford will help carers to strike up conversations with patients.

The 25th Christmas Cracker concert will take place from 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford on Friday, December 12.

Tickets cost £8, £6 for OAPs and £3 for schoolchildren and are available from the General Office at Bedford Hospital, from the Central Box Office, St Paul’s Square, Bedford or from Felicity on 01234 359716 or djfscott@yahoo.com.

This will sadly be the last of their annual concerts due to key organisers retiring.