Massive thanks to Maisey Dear and Vanessa McLean, Dementia Care Nursing Specialists at Colchester Hospital for inviting Tommy back to give two more talks and to unveil a piece of artwork that has been designed to raise awareness called The “Dementia Care Pledge Tree” at Colchester General Hospital on Thursday 6 July.
You can read the pledges here from our previous visits.
The first talk was with the hospital dementia champions and then to doctors with staff from many areas and roles then they were invited to add paper leaves on where they wrote a pledge about what they will do to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
The tree, which is approximately 8ft tall, has been painted by Lara Wallington, aged 16, of Highwoods, an A-level Student at Colchester Sixth Form College.
She became involved because she is a friend of Rebecca Edwardson, daughter of Helen Chase, the Trust’s Head of Safeguarding, and came into the hospital in her own time after college for two weeks to work on the project.
Tommy was so honoured to launch the tree Outside Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU), Ground Floor, Main Building, Colchester General Hospital, and we are really looking forward to following the story of the people and pledges.
View the film of the unveiling below:
— Melissa Dowdeswell (@MelissaD_CHUFT) July 6, 2017
Colchester Daily Gazette also covered the story and you can read it here.
Thank you to all the amazing people at Colchester Hospital for the passion, dedication and pledge tree from all the team at DCV, we are honoured to have been part of such a truly inspiring day.