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Big lottery win will help brain injury patients at Derby’s hospitals

Published 07/04/2017

A project which supports the recovery of patients with brain injury in Derby has been awarded £50,000 Big Lottery funding, after gaining huge support in a public vote. 

Whiffle While you Workshop, which is supported by Air Arts at Derby Teaching Hospitals, was given the money as part of the ITV People’s Projects. 

The money will be used to support expanding this project to other parts of the Trust and to facilitate further creative activities running at the Royal Derby and London Road Community hospitals. 

Cathy Winfield, Director of Patient Experience and Chief Nurse, said: “It’s fantastic news, as this money will make an enormous difference to our patients. Whiffle While you Workshop offers patients chance to express themselves and explore their creativity at a time when they have faced a great deal of trauma and change. Thanks to this win we have the chance to expand the creative work we do with our patients. Thank you to everybody who took the time to vote for Whiffle While You Workshop – it really is hugely appreciated.”

Whiffle While you Workshop is one of many projects supported by Air Arts, which provides ‘Creative Prescriptions’ for patients staying in the city’s hospitals. It is provided by Belper-based Community Interest Company Whiffle Pig, which facilitates individualised projects for patients on Kings Lodge, the Trust’s Neuro-rehabilitation unit. The sessions provide patients with the opportunity to socialise and distract themselves from boredom, as well as supporting their physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation.

Karen Biggs, Senior Sister for the unit, said: “The Whiffle While you Workshop sessions bring huge benefits for our patients and our staff. This funding will ensure more of our patients can be helped in the future, as well as those in other areas. It’s wonderful news.”

Patients receiving rehabilitation following a stroke, and elderly patients are among those who will benefit from this money. 

Laura Waters, Programme Manager for Air Arts, said: “The whole idea behind our arts programme is to support patients’ wellbeing and aid their recovery, and this money will enable us to do that for so many more people. We will use it to support the further rollout of our Creative Prescriptions scheme, in which wards and departments ‘prescribe’ the activity to help their patients and bring some joy into what is inevitably a difficult time for many.” 

Last Modified 07/04/2017