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The project was run by Farn­ham Malt­ings, whose ex­pe­ri­enced tu­tors are lead­ing the work­shops at the hospice.

Weekly ses­sions over four weeks saw pa­tients, ac­com­pa­nied by a fam­ily mem­ber or friend, take keep­sakes and trea­sures along to talk about and cap­ture in their per­son­alised cre­ation. These in­cluded items such as let­ters, pho­tos, ticket stubs, coins, medals and fab­rics – any­thing that trig­gered a mem­ory of a spe­cial time – en­abling the pa­tients to share their sto­ries eas­ily with their com­pan­ion and make new mem­o­ries for them both while re­liv­ing old ones.

“We hope our pa­tients will be able to re­live and share some very spe­cial mem­o­ries with their loved ones,” said Karen McEvoy, a se­nior nurse at Phyl­lis Tuck­well.

Farn­ham Malt­ings has also run the work­shop with de­men­tia pa­tients and has been look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to widen its work with other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Thanks to Waver­ley Bor- ough Coun­cil funding, it has been able to ex­tend the ser­vice to Phyl­lis Tuck­well’s pa­tients.

“I am very pleased with the Keep­sake Book, which I have cre­ated,” said pa­tient Jane Searle.

“I love the com­pan­ion­ship too, chat­ting with the oth­ers here about our mem­o­ries, and the cre­ativ­ity which the project has in­spired in me.”

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