Our  photo shows  Kay Harley presenting a very welcome cheque for £3,000 under the gaze of Richards Castle Soap Box Derby Chairman Humphrey Salwey.

Richards castle Soap Box Derby donated a total of £12,000 to local charitable causes at their presentation evening on September 17th.   Chairman Humphrey Salwey commented "We had a very successful event this year and it was a delight to see our two nominated schools take part and bring with them a crowd of enthusiastic supporters. Tonight it was a real pleasure to bring together all the people from the different organisations and hand out the cheques."

This is a major contribution towards the latest RITA equipment which has just been delivered. This is a therapeutic "memory" system which can be used by patients themselves or with assistance from nurses/therapists/carers to engage patients with a wide variety of activities, including relaxation music, BBC archive clips, photos, interactive games, famous speeches, etc. It also has an easily utilised 'life collage or life story book' facility, which can be completed with relatives or staff to further personalise care.

It has also been effective in calming distressed or anxious patients as its bright and varied content has something for everyone, quickly accessible at the touch of a button. No internet is required. The system is by no means limited to dementia therapy. It is widely used in A&E departments, in rehabilitation and palliative care settings, and by Occupational Therapists in mental health units.

League of Friends Chairman Peter Corfield said "This latest contribution, plus the Bedpush (£2,323) and the sponsored cycle/walk by Nationwide (£1,016) covers the total cost of the RITA equipment.   Once again, many thanks to everyone concerned!"