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Lions thank NSFT staff for care with donation to charitable fund

​Bungay Area Lions club has donated £200 to the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) Charitable Fund in thanks for the care received by one of its members.

Peter Farrington, 71, a popular and long-standing member of the club, returned to NSFT’s Hammerton Court specialist dementia unit, in Norwich, to thank Beach Ward staff for the care he had received.

Mr Farrington, who spent several weeks on the acute care ward earlier this year, said: “It was brilliant here. There were no problems whatsoever. The nurses couldn’t do enough.

“All the staff were really nice, and the food wasn’t too bad either. If I have to go anywhere again, I’d like to come back here.”

He was admitted to the ward for assessment and treatment, and made such good progress in the unit, he was later transferred to NSFT’s Carlton Court older people’s unit, near Lowestoft, before being able to return home to Beccles.

Mr Farrington, who has lived with Parkinson’s disease for 15 years, was admitted after a number of falls and was diagnosed, following extensive assessment, with Lewy body dementia.

Among the possible symptoms associated with this form of dementia are slow movement, stiff limbs and tremors, fainting spells, unsteadiness and falls.

“My wife, Heather, is wonderful. She does so much, but she was struggling to cope. My coming to Beach Ward gave her a bit of a break too,” added Mr Farrington, who was accompanied on the visit by his grandson, Callum Rider, 19.

“Callum raised most of the money himself running a stall at the last car rally. I’m very proud of him,” added Mr Farrington.

Clinical Support Worker Sophie Smith was among the staff who looked after Mr Farrington. She said: “It’s lovely to see Peter again. We got on really well. It was a pleasure to watch him getting better and better, and to see him stand and walk again.”

Donna Townshend, Senior Occupational Therapist, said: “We are so grateful to the Lions for this generous donation, and to Peter for coming back to visit us and present the cheque himself. It means a lot to us.”

Mr Farrington, who has two children and six grandchildren, was born in Suffolk and worked as a lorry mechanic before being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He has been a Lion for more than 30 years, serving in most roles, including as President six times.

Dawn Yull, a member of the Bungay Area Lions, said: “Our members do a lot of work fundraising for good causes, and when we heard about how well the staff at Beach Ward had looked after Peter, we wanted to use some of the funds we had raised to say thank you.”

The NSFT Charitable Fund supports a range of charitable and health-related activities for the benefit of patients and staff to enhance patient care. The funds are also used to buy extra equipment and services in addition to the normal NHS provision. If you would like to find out how you can donate to the Fund, visit:

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