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Issue:- 10 October 2013

Volunteers accept patient invitation to Come Dine with Me

Come Dine with Me volunteers Jeff Byrne, of Marshside, Southport; Kendal Wareing, of Southport; Liz Fleetwood, from the Trust’s procurement team; and, Denise Lawless, of Formby.

17 volunteers have accepted an invitation to "come dine with me" from patients at Southport and Formby District Hospital.  Denise Lawless, of Formby, was one of the first volunteers to come forward. "I wanted to get experience on a hospital ward because I want to go to university to do nursing," she said.

Another volunteer Jeff Byrne, from Marshside, Southport, fits in his volunteering around a masters course in biomedical science at Keele University. "I want to go into medicine and I've found it really rewarding."

Jeff Byrne with patient Rosemarie Millar, of Skelmersdale, on ward 7a.

Angela Kelly, Deputy Director of Nursing, added:- "As well as helping with eating, the dining companion can chat, encourage patients to eat and help alleviate the boredom and loneliness that can be experienced while staying in hospital. This is vital support for some patients who don't receive any visitors and may be lonely or anxious or suffering from a form of dementia or Alzheimer's."

People interested in becoming a Come Dine with Me volunteer should contact Chris Pilkington on:- 01704 704955 or via an email.  Training for the role is provided and volunteers must be available at meal times.

Take note!!! Messi, Ronaldo, Rooney, Gerrard & Baines to visit Southport on Saturday, 19 October 2013

OKAY well maybe not in person, but why not pop down to Southport Frag House on Saturday, 19 October 2013 and play as your favourite footballers in the Fifa 14 competition. Show of your skills on the most popular football game in the world, claim bragging rights and win a cash prize. The competition is open to all and starts at 2pm. For more information contact Southport Frag House on:- 01704 546950.

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