Classic and retro cars were on display at St George’s Hospital Stafford on Sunday 14 May as part of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s recognition of National Dementia Week.
People were encouraged to bring along and display their cherished vehicles to help stimulate memories and conversation with people whose dementia is affecting their ability to remember.
Cars on display included a pair of 1930’s Austins affectionately known as Lizzie and Ethel which were provided by Gilly Wilson, a Singer Vogue brought along by Michael Duan and family, Tina Malone’s 1962 Ford Anglia and many retro Fords from the 1980’s organised by Will Hogg.
Patients, carers, family, staff and passing members of the local public enjoyed the display. The kind weather, as well as light refreshments helped make the day even more enjoyable. Local charity MASE (Monthly Alzheimer’s Support Evening) group representatives were present to share information and resources concerning their support groups. Voluntary donations from the day were collected and given to MASE (themasegroup.org/) to help them continue supporting people with memory impairment and their carers in the community.
Matthew Hocking, Occupational Therapist, who organised the day commented “stimulating memories and emotions can help engage people with dementia. The ‘Cars of Our Lives show’ aimed to bring people together to promote conversations with people in an inclusive way. It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying the event with patients, carers, staff and the public coming together to admire and discuss the cars people had brought along. My thanks go to all those who gave up their time to make this event a success”.