The Mayor of Chelmsford’s year of fundraising for MEHT’s dementia project and Kids Inspire concluded with a presentation ceremony at council headquarters.
Yvonne Spence, who now hands over the reins to Bob Massey, presented a cheque for a superb £87,614 to Mid Essex Hospitals Charity’s chair David Wilde and Kids Inspire’s Paula Ashfield.
The money will be split equally between the two charities.
The mayor’s charity committee organised a series of popular fundraising events including a charity ball, a summer lunch, quizzes, a race night and a gin tasting.
MEHT’s dementia project has been raising funds to improve the hospital experience for dementia patients, their families and carers.
The money will go towards the renovation of day rooms on Baddow and Braxted wards, the purchase of ‘kwick screens’ that enable the easy division of day areas, entertainment equipment so patients can enjoy familiar music and films, the decoration of ‘serene side rooms’ with mood lighting and aromatherapy to reduce overstimulation for dementia patients, and will fund music groups and activities to keep patients mentally active.
Yvonne Carter, manager of Mid Essex Hospitals Charity, said: “I would like to thank the mayor for her extraordinarily generous donation. Her year of fundraising events was a huge success and the amount raised is an astonishing achievement.
“Yvonne and the fundraising committee put so much time and energy into supporting our dementia project. The money will enable us to do so much to enhance the lives of our patients with dementia. As a thank you for the mayor’s support, we are delighted to announce that once completed, the day room on Braxted ward will be known as the Yvonne Spence Room. Staff here feel this is a fitting thank you for Yvonne’s tremendous contribution.”