NHS staff celebrate Elf Day

NHS staff celebrate Elf Day
(L to R): Michelle O’Toole, Clinical Support Team Administrator; Bev Leet, Administrator; Claire Mason, Administrator; Denise Elsey, Community Team Manager; Jo Pearson, Senior Clinical Support Team Administrator; Dee Hart, Deputy Service Manager; and Rachel Fox, Office Clerk.

About a dozen staff from the West Norfolk Older People’s Service donned stripy tights, elf T-shirts and jumpers yesterday (December 5) to celebrate Elf Day.

Elf Day is an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Society, a UK care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers, to raise money for people affected by the disease.

Elf Day is actually today (December 6) but staff from West Norfolk Older People’s Service, which is run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), celebrated it yesterday because more staff were available to take part.

Five administrative staff, four mental health nurses and a clinical psychologist, who are based at Chatterton House in Goodwins Road, King’s Lynn, dressed as elves and held a cake sale to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Michelle O’Toole, Clinical Support Team Administrator, said: “The charity invited us to take part and because part of the role of the older people’s service is assessing, diagnosing and starting treatment for dementia, we were really keen to become involved.

“As well as dressing up, we decorated a room with elf decorations, bunting and tape. It was a fun day but there was also a serious side to it because we’re all passionate about doing what we can to support people with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers.

“Staff either bought or baked cakes, which included cupcakes with edible elf legs, and the money we raised from their sale, as well as some games that we played like ‘guess the name of the elf’ and a raffle, will all be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.”

Raffle prizes were donated by supermarkets Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.

Mrs O’Toole said so far a total of £245.41 had been raised for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Last year, NSFT’s Older People’s Community Mental Health Team in Waveney raised money for the same cause by holding two Elf Days.

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