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01 November 2019

The past is calling

It’s taken months of fundraising, but we're delighted to finally share with you … our new red phone box.

Early in the year, we started raising money to upgrade the reminiscence village with a traditional red phone box to complete the Post Office area.

We’ve successfully manage to raise £2,000, thanks to the raffles we held, a donation from one of our customer’s families and the Triathlon, completed by our Fonebox Fundraisers.
Anne Byrne, who was responsible for the reminiscence village, comments: “I can’t believe we’ve finally done it! It’s took years of trying but the service users at Holmfield can now enjoy their K6 phone box. It’s amazing seeing their faces when they see it.”

“A big thanks to everyone who has supported us to make this project happen.”

“A big thank you to Lenny (a service user’s son) and his friends for picking it up, delivering it and installing it all for the price of a bacon butty. It was one of the wettest, coldest days of the year and they still carried on. Well done guys!”

Opened in 2018, the reminiscence village provides a passage back through time, to a place easily recognised by those living with dementia.
Complete with familiar retro sweets and a Post Box displaying old stamps, the 1940/50s set up, gives people with dementia a chance to relax, away from the often confusing modern world. Situated in the grounds of Holmfield, it is available to visitors at the day centre and residents here at George Hythe House.