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Staff raise their game to collect donations

Staff from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) have raised £550 for patients affected by dementia and learning disabilities thanks to a charity football match.

A team from the Julian Hospital in Norwich took to the pitch in Yelverton, just outside Norwich, against staff from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH) at the start of September.

Money raised during the day will be used to fund ward activities at Hammerton Court, NSFT’s purpose-designed unit which provides care for patients with dementia who have complex needs which cannot be met within the community. Half of the funds will support activities on the wards for patients with learning disabilities at the NNUH. 
Andrew Russell, Activities Coordinator at Hammerton Court, which is part of the Julian Hospital, said: “We all enjoyed the game and the most important result for us is that we raised such a fantastic sum, which will make a real difference to our patients and those at the NNUH. Everyone had a great time on the day – including the staff and service users who came along to support us – even though we ended up losing 8 – 5 to NNUH.

“Our team had never trained or played together before. We’re planning another charity game against Norfolk Police, but this time will make sure we fit in a few training sessions first.”

For more information about NSFT’s charitable fund or to donate, visit