Dementia patients to benefit from machine thanks to donation

Patients with dementia at Grimsby hospital will benefit from a new machine they can interact with to help recall and share events from their past, thanks to a donation from Cleethorpes Golf Club.

The club has donated more than £8,000 to The Health Tree Foundation (HTF) – Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust’s official charity. It will be used to purchase a Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities (RITA) machine.

The machines help patients with dementia, particularly with memory impairments, by helping them recall and share events from their past through listening to music, watching news reports, listening to wartime speeches, playing games and karaoke, browsing the internet, viewing old maps and photographs, making video calls and watching films.

Members, visitors and supporters of the club raised the funds over the course of a year, from events like a charity golf day and an evening with ex-Grimsby Town Football Club (GTFC) legends, to raffles and bingo nights.