Patriotic patients create crafty crowns to help mark historic royal wedding

Patients with brain and spinal injuries have been getting crafty during their hospital stays, in readiness to celebrate this weekend’s big royal wedding.

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A selection of colourful crowns have been created to help mark the occasion of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nearing nuptials and also to coincide with an important national awareness event.

Therapy assistants from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ULHT) Ashby ward at Lincoln County Hospital, decided to get their patients involved as part of a regular activities session on the ward.

And in addition to helping to celebrate the royal wedding, it was also organised to raise awareness for Hats For Headway Day (Friday 18 May), as part of Action For Brain Injury Week 2018, an annual fundraising event for brain injury survivors across the UK.

Therapy assistant Emily May said that interactive activities like this can really help with patients’ ongoing recovery.

“It’s really good for their problem solving skills and also as part of their general rehabilitation, aiding dexterity, standing tolerance and communication too,” she said.

“There’s been quite a buzz about the royal wedding on the ward this week and we’ll have it on the TV in the day room for sure, where a few patients will definitely be watching.

“We had about six patients making the hats and they all really enjoyed it.”

Two patients who got the chance to make some of the crafty crowns were Mick Credland and Charlotte Pennells.

“I’ve been in hospital since March after having a spinal cord infection – but I’m getting better,” said Mick.

“The staff here have been excellent and I enjoy taking part in the activities on the ward.”

Some of the upcoming activities organised on the ward include a World Cup-themed table football competition as well as the creation of a ward garden which is currently in the planning stages.

In addition to those pictured, other staff involved in the creative sessions were Jess Willetts (Speech and Language Therapy Assistant), Jenny Cunningham (Specialist Speech and Language Therapist) and Stacey Bembridge (Physio).