Northampton hospital staff give up own time to help fund added extras for dementia patients

Rachel and Jess
Rachel and Jess

Two members of NGH staff will do a chilly open water swim for a the hospital’s major new fundraising campaign.

Rachel Lovesy, a patient engagement lead, and Jess Busuttil, from NGH’s governance team, will be taking part in the Cotswolds Open Water Swim on Sunday, where they’ll be swimming 1.8km in deep water to raise money for Northampton General Hospital’s Do it for Dementia fundraising campaign.

Do it for Dementia (DIFD) is to become the main fundraising campaign for the hospital once the target for the chemotherapy suite refurbishment has been reached.

The fund will see additional non-medical things bought for several areas of the NGH site, with the aim of making the area more homely and less stressful for patients who have dementia.

Rachel said: “As one of the founders of the DIFD this is a fund which is close to my heart as I have seen firsthand the struggle people with dementia face when they enter an acute hospital setting.

“Through raising money we want to fund state-of-the-art reminiscence equipment, create bespoke break-out areas and make environmental changes to specifically benefit people with dementia.”

It is estimated that two in three medical beds in general hospitals are occupied by people over the age of 65, and around 30 per cent of those at any one time will have dementia.

-For Jess, Sunday’s swim is just one of a year’s worth of physical challenges she’s set herself with the support of many friends and colleagues, having pledged to undertake 12 challenges in 12 months. To make a donation and to find out more about Jess and her year-long fundraising campaign visit her website:

-To donate to Rachel, visit her just giving page

-You can find out more about the fund through the webpage: