Sponsored silence is golden for ‘quiet achiever’ Deb Pritchard
Caring Times, July/August 2017
Talkative Deborah Pritchard took on a sponsored silence to raise funds for a dementia friendly sensory garden at a Widnes care home.
The carer at Halton View Care Home, on Sadler Street, spent an entire day silently carrying out her duties.
She wore a sign around her neck reading “I am on a sponsored silence” and carried a note book so she could communicate with colleagues, residents and visitors.
She raised £289 for the sensory garden, which will include planters, furniture, a water feature, bird table and a wide variety of fresh flowers.
Sensory gardens have proven therapeutic benefits for those living with dementia, as they elicit memories through touch, sound and smell.
Deborah was challenged take on the sponsored silence by her colleagues as part of Dementia Awareness Week, which takes place all this week, from 14th to 20th May.
Deborah said: “I found it so hard not saying a word all day. It’s much more difficult than you’d expect. But it’s all for a very good cause.
“Thank you to everyone who donated towards the sensory garden. It’s really appreciated and means a lot to me personally.”
Amanda Kelly, home manager at Halton View Care Home, added: “Deb is usually such a bubbly little chatterbox.
“The staff, residents and regular visitors all thought they’d gone deaf, it’s been so quiet around the home compared to normal.
“Deb has raised a lot of money for the sensory garden through her sponsored silence and we’re all really grateful. But I think we’ll miss the peace and quiet.”