Founder’s Day and the RHN Festival 2017

19 July 2017Two women eating ice cream and smiling

We had another fantastic Founder’s Day celebration in June, and it was wonderful to see all of our patients gathered to watch the band Soul Jacks perform on the day. Classical duo Orpheus and Rimintas also played in the De Lancey Lowe room. The sun wasn’t quite out, but the rain held off this year!

We were joined by the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Jim Maddan who gave a great speech about the work we do here, and his memories of the RHN as a young man living in the area.

There were also art sessions with butterfly making, curling and hair and beauty treatments.

Our patients and residents enjoyed the opportunity to share the experience with their loved ones and others across the hospital. They really enjoyed the music and the opportunity to join in with or watch the dancing.

We also put on a new internal event this year, the RHN Festival, a fun and motivational week of activities taking place on the week of Founder’s Day. There were educational sessions including a talk about Florence Nightingale and her links with the RHN, as well as talks from patients, volunteers and staff. There were sessions looking at health and wellbeing and drop on activities such as mindfulness and yoga. We also had fun sessions such as a quiz, an RHN bake off, rounders, a mini sports day and a DJ set by patient Richard Bennett (aka DJ Hot Sox!)

It was a fabulous week of activities for staff, patients, residents and visitors to the RHN, and we hope to make this a regular event in future.