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Hospital Trust is having a ball whilst raising awareness of Dementia during Dementia Awareness Week

l r Fiona and JoSherwood Forest Hospitals is pledging its support for Dementia Awareness Week this week.

The week runs from 15 – 21 May and will see the Trust launching a number of events, including a special members’ event in Newark, at the Holy Trinity Community and Partnership Centre on 31 May at 6pm, dementia awareness events for staff and the launch of tickets for a special Summer Ball.

The members’ event will see Dementia Nurse Specialist, Fiona McCandless-Sugg sharing her vast expertise on dementia alongside Falls Lead Nurse, Joanne Lewis-Hodgkinson who will also be talking about how the Trust helps prevent falls.

In addition to the members’ event, Fiona is also setting herself the challenge to create as many Dementia Friends as possible.

The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.

To help, Fiona has organised a number of staff sessions this week for staff to come along to and learn more about dementia and sign up to be a Dementia Friend.

Fiona said: “I’m excited to get the chance to speak to more people about how we can make a difference to those living with dementia.

“It’s a rapidly growing area which people need to be aware of, so we as a society can help each other and be united against dementia.

“It’s opportunities to make a difference like this that made me want to work in this field of nursing.”

Tickets for a special Summer Ball have also gone on sale to the public this week. The ball is being held as part of the Sherwood Forest Hospitals Charity, Friends of Newark Hospital and Friends of Sherwood Forest Hospitals appeal to help raise funds to make the Newark Hospital Sconce Ward more dementia friendly.

The Summer Ball is being held on Friday 23 June from 7:30pm to midnight at Kelham House Hotel. The evening will include a four course meal, live music from local musician Matt James, a disco and a raffle.

Tickets are priced at £35 and are available from the Voluntary Services Department at King’s Mill Hospital and Newark Hospital, please call 01636 685 664 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book tickets.

Community Involvement Manager for the Trust, Tracey Brassington said: “We are really excited about the Summer Ball, its set to be a wonderful evening in a really beautiful setting at Kelham House. People will be able to attend a fantastic event, whilst also helping to raise money for a brilliant cause.”

Photo: L-R: Fiona and Jo who will be at the members event on 31 May.