Our Black Country Brighter Lives charity (registered charity for Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) raised £1560 money in the Shine a Light Dementia appeal to support patients that are living with dementia. Thank you to all those who supported our fundraising activities.

During dementia week, we held a number of fundraising events including; dementia webinars, dementia quiz and a mindfulness retreat. Funds raised from these events have been used to set up a patient choir with an experienced choir master and staff from Older Adults Services. During September to November 2023, we saw patients attend nine choir sessions and these culminated in a final performance at the end of November. We have had feedback from participants about the positive impact of the choir on their wellbeing through singing familiar songs and connecting and singing with others. If you want to see the difference your donation can make watch our Shine a Light on Dementia choir, funded by kind donations from our communities.

There are currently more than 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. The number of people living with dementia is increasing every day, and the chances are that you or someone you know has been affected by the condition.

A diagnosis of dementia is life changing for a patient and their loved ones, but our amazing staff at Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are here to offer support and care throughout their journey, either in the community or as an inpatient. 

We would like to support further activities under the Shine a Light on Dementia appeal.

This is where we would like your support.

If you make a donation to our dementia appeal today you will help us shine a light on dementia and create opportunities such as:

  • If you make a donation to our dementia appeal today you will help us shine a light on dementia and create opportunities such as:

  • Raising the funds we need to continue our patient choir, support with music and art therapy, and organise a range of activities for patients and their loved ones  
  • Creating outdoor spaces that are therapeutic and tailored to the needs of our dementia patients
  • Purchasing additional electrical equipment, such as radios, televisions, tablets and Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities (RITA) machines

Organise your own sponsored event

If you want to fundraise in your own time, why not organise your own sponsored event, where you can challenge yourself to do an activity such as walking, running, cycling etc. To get started, you just need to decide on your challenge and set up a Just Giving page linked to our shine a light on dementia appeal. Once you’ve done that, just share the link with your friends and family and encourage them to sponsor you. Don’t forget throughout your challenge you can update your Just Giving page with photos and messages, so supporters will know how you are getting on with your challenge. 

Any donation of any amount will help make a difference. Joining in with our events will help make a difference. Organising your own sponsored event will help make a difference. Sharing our campaign will help make a difference. However you decide to support us, we would like to thank you for your kindness and your support. All funds raised will go directly towards supporting our dementia patients.

If you decide to make a donation, please don’t forget to gift aid your donation, which means that we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you donate. It won’t cost you any extra but it will give a lot extra to our patients.

For more information about our charity, how you can help us and more, email us at bchft.brighterlives@nhs.net or call 0121 612 8061.

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