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Harlow police cadets kindly raise funds for holistic care of patients

A group of Harlow police cadets have kindly raised funds to contribute to holistic care for patients with dementia and who have experienced a stroke.

On 11 March, the cadets invited Caroline Ashton, dementia clinical nurse specialist, to attend their meeting, where they presented The Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Charity with a cheque for £72 (pictured).

They raised the funds via a quiz night and have previously supported other appeals at the hospital including for enhancing the Gibberd Ward garden.

The money will be used for doll therapy, in which patients are given baby dolls for relaxation and improving wellbeing.

Caroline Ashton, dementia clinical nurse specialist at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We are very grateful to the Harlow police cadets for their kind gesture in supporting patients at their local hospital.

“Doll therapy helps many of our patients to feel more comfortable in a hospital environment and can inspire a renewed sense of purpose.

“Thank you to the Harlow police cadets for your generous fundraising.”

If you would be interested in donating new dolls for this project, please email paht.fundraising@nhs.net.

Notes to editors:

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust was established in April 1995 and provides services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, the Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford, and St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping. We have an annual income of around £236,700 million. We have 414 general and acute beds at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and provide a full range of general acute services, including a 24/7 emergency department, an intensive care unit, a maternity unit and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We also provide outpatient and diagnostic services from the Herts and Essex Hospital, Bishop’s Stortford, and St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping.

We employ around 3,500 staff and serve a local population of about 350,000 people living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire, centred on the M11 corridor and the towns of Harlow, Bishop’s Stortford and Epping. Our extended catchment area incorporates a population of up to 500,000 and includes the areas of Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.

In October 2019, the Government announced that we are to receive funding to rebuild a new hospital in Harlow for our patients, community and people. The details around the funding and the timeframe are currently being finalised and we are completing our business case for the new hospital.

I want to say from the bottom of my heart what amazing staff you have there. Each and every person across all the different jobs were fantastic, the care and support I received from the day and night staff left me speechless.                                           

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