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.”