A major supermarket has donated nearly £9,000 to an NHS charity.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity received the donation of £8,864 from the Morrisons Foundation, the charitable subsidiary of the supermarket.

They will use the gift to invest in four 'Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities' (RITA) devices to assist patients with dementia.


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RITA devices combine entertainment with dementia therapies, and utilise user-friendly interactive screens and tablets for elderly patients' treatment.

The devices will support patients in revisiting and sharing past events through music, film, games and access to news archives.

Further, they can also provide access to exercise classes and physical therapies to mitigate potential physical and mental health issues caused by extensive hospitalisation.

Donna Kruckow, corporate lead nurse for older people, said: "The RITA system will enhance the experience of people with dementia in hospital.

"The ability to reduce anxiety and distress by recalling stories, accessing entertainment and physical therapies is so important to the wellbeing and ongoing care of our patients.

"We are very grateful to the Morrisons Foundation for their support.”

Antony Gratland-Hornby, community champion from the Morrisons store in Malvern, who presented the donation to the charity, said, "I’m very proud to help such a wonderful charity in our local community.

"The RITA devices will make a real difference to the lives of older people affected by dementia and I’m delighted that the Morrisons Foundation has been able to help Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity’s vital work."

The Morrisons Foundation, established by the supermarket in 2015, awards grants for charity projects that improve people's lives.

Since its launch, it has donated over £40 million to hundreds of charities across England, Scotland and Wales.

To learn more about the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity's work and find out how you can contribute, please visit its website www.wahcharity.org.