Our charity, Heads On, which supports people living with mental health challenges and dementia has been named as Lewes Golf Club’s charity of the year.
Heads On has been chosen by the club’s newly elected Captains Vicki Scott and Stuart Cameron Waller to benefit from all fundraising activities held this year.
The charity raises money to support projects and initiatives that make things better for people who use our specialist NHS mental health, learning disability and dementia services.
Vicki and Stuart aim to raise £6,000 to support dementia services and research in East Sussex. Their initial target is to buy new digital therapy equipment for the Beechwood Unit at Uckfield Hospital, the only inpatient unit for people with dementia in East Sussex.
The Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities (RITA) equipment and software, can be used for a type of cognitive therapy that helps to calm, stimulate and reduce agitation in patients with dementia. The therapy has been proven to positively engage patients who have a cognitive decline in mental abilities such as memory and thinking. It can help them to recall memories and encourage interaction between them and their families.
"We both have personal experiences of friends who have suffered early onset dementia and have seen the devastating effect on them and their families,” said Stuart.
“We want Beechwood Unit to benefit from new and innovative technology to help patients become socially involved and less isolated.”
Once the money has been raised for the RITA system, Vicki and Stuart have set their sights on supporting Sussex Partnership's Dementia Research Unit (DRU) at Crowborough.
The DRU is dedicated to improving treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia by carrying out world-class clinical trials. Any money raised for the DRU will be spent on improving the patient environment for those spending time at the unit whilst they take part in trials.
Sarah Walker, Fundraising Officer for Heads On, said: “We are so proud to be named Lewes Golf Club’s Charity of the Year. I would like to say a big thank you to Vicki and Stuart, and to all the club’s members, for choosing us and supporting their local NHS services.
“There are around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and 225,000 people will develop dementia this year alone. That’s one every three minutes. It’s so important that we are able to provide new and innovative therapies that make a meaningful difference to people’s lives, and thanks to the generosity of Vicki and Stuart, and their supporters, we will be able to do just that.”
If you would like to support their fundraising you can do so through Vicki and Stuart's Just Giving page
To find out more about Heads On and how you can get involved visit their website www.headsoncharity.org