Nuneaton’s Whitestone Surgery raised more than £600 in vital funds for The Silver Line at its annual open day on Saturday, June 10. The event, which took place at the town’s United Reformed Church, was hosted by the Surgery’s award-winning patient participation group (WS-PPG) and was centred on the themes of community engagement and combating loneliness.
Alongside an array of family-friendly activities, the open day served as the official launch for the Surgery’s ‘Happy, Healthy & Involved’ project – an initiative researching and tackling loneliness and isolation, especially among the elderly.
Music on the day was provided by Anker Radio, the official station of George Eliot Hospital, while visitors who bought tickets to the raffle had chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Spain.
Serving as a cornerstone of the Surgery’s project, the event is just one of a number of initiatives spearheaded by WS-PPG. Over the course of this year, Whitestone Surgery is launching a range of innovative health and well-being services to provide frontline help and support for older people.
Speaking of the events success, Diane Kent, chair of WS-PPG, said:
Community disengagement is a growing issue across the country, in part due to the UK’s aging population, so events like this are crucial for raising awareness.
I’d like to thank everyone involved with this year’s open day for all of their hard work and support. We’re looking forward to rolling out the Happy, Healthy and Involved project further as the year progresses, and hopefully use our findings to make a real difference not just in the Nuneaton area, but nationwide.
Since last year’s ‘Digital Future of Healthcare’ open day, WS-PPG has launched a number of pioneering initiatives. These include an industry-leading digital inclusion scheme for the elderly and the Carer’s Café, a drop-in centre providing advice and guidance for Nuneaton’s community of care-givers.