Good Friends spreading festive cheer in St Annes

Members of Just Good Friends and fire cadets deliver Christmas presents to patients at Clifton Hospital
Members of Just Good Friends and fire cadets deliver Christmas presents to patients at Clifton Hospital

A group of Good Friends handed out some festive cheer to dementia patients at Clifton Hospital, St Annes.

The members of Just Good Friends, a group set up to combat loneliness in St Annes, made their third annual trip to ward one at the Clifton Drive South facility to hand out presents and chat with patients.

Members of Just Good Friends and fire cadets deliver Christmas presents to patients at Clifton Hospital.  L-R are Pauline Bishop, Tracy Gray, Dawn Johnson and Samantha Barclay

Members of Just Good Friends and fire cadets deliver Christmas presents to patients at Clifton Hospital. L-R are Pauline Bishop, Tracy Gray, Dawn Johnson and Samantha Barclay

Bev Sykes, founder of Just Good Friends, said: “The visit was to let the dementia patients on ward one know that they are being thought about this Christmas by family and friends.

“The ward itself is run by Linda Broadbent and her staff and they are all fantastic with the patients.

“But we feel it’s important to do something at Christmas so it was lovely to meet the patients and chat to them.

“We’ve got to say a massive, massive thank-you to the families and friends of Just Good Friends for donating so many presents for us to hand over.”

But we feel it’s important to do something at Christmas so it was lovely to meet the patients and chat to them

B&Q donated a Christmas Tree for the ward.

Bev said: “Just Good Friends is about making a difference to people’s lives, no matter their situation, and it’s important to do something at Christmas.

“We’ve gone a long way to combat loneliness in St Annes – and I’m determined we can do the same all over then place.

“We’ve got a dedicated group of lovely people running Just Good Friends and activities six days a week – I’m sure we can expand it even further.”

Paige Valente and Bev Sykes with patient Norah Kember

Paige Valente and Bev Sykes with patient Norah Kember