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A street party for the patients in Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda

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Patients at Cwm Taf University Health Board were given the opportunity to mark the Great War with a special street party to commemorate the 100th anniversary.

Patients and visitors at Ward B2 at Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda were delighted when they were invited to enter the day room on the ward which had been decorated with bunting, British flags, pictures and memorabilia, as well as a table laid out for a special buffet.

Colleen Rowlands, health care assistant at the ward who came up with the idea said: “The patients loved it. It was so rewarding to see their faces as they enjoyed the day. We often say for some of our patients it’s finding a key that opens up memories and I think we achieved it with this event.

Staff on the ward were fantastic - they gave donations for raffles, helped purchase the decorations as well as gave up their own time to help. The catering staff made such a lovely buffet that all the patients commented on it. The day couldn’t have gone better”.

Eighty four year old Marion Thomas said: “I was shocked when I went into the day room and seen the decorations and buffet, it was wonderful. Everyone enjoyed themselves. It was a fabulous day and it brought back memories of street parties we used to have”.

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