STAFF at Blackpool Victoria Hospital cooked up a tasty plan to celebrate Dignity Action Day.
Ward 34 staff members baked a collection of cakes and treats to raise awareness of the national Dignity Day and raise money to help improve life for patients in their area.
Sister Alison Ahmed, one of the organisers of the cake bake and sale, said: “We wanted to raise awareness about Dignity Day as well as raise some money to help make our patients’ lives better on the ward.
“A lot of our patients are bed bound and have trouble going to the bathroom so we want to buy things that will help them feel better.
“We know men like having hand held mirrors so they can shave more easily and women like hair dryers so they can wash their hair more often. Little things like that mean a lot to our patients and we want to do all we can to help them.’’
She added; “The staff have baked the cakes in their own time and some have had great support from their family too. It is all for a great cause and I’m really pleased that everyone has taken part.’’
Dignity Action Day aims to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.
Dame Joan Bakewell, Dignity in Care Ambassador said: “Dignity Action Day highlights a more respectful way of behaving towards vulnerable people. The very old and the very young clearly need our respect, but it wouldn’t do any harm to spread the dignity message across the population then we can all benefit.”