Hospital arts group seek public votes to land £50,000

The members of Whiffle Pig are asking for your help to land �50,000.
The members of Whiffle Pig are asking for your help to land �50,000.

A Belper arts group are appealing for public votes to help win a £50,000 grant for their pioneering work with people affected by brain injuries.

Whiffle Pig work with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to deliver weekly creative sessions for patients at London Road Community Hospital.

Now the Whiffle While you Workshop scheme has been selected as a one of 10 shortlisted across the Midlands for the ITV People’s Projects.

The three with the highest number of votes will receive a grant of up to £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Whiffle Pig spokesman Annie Fielder said: “We need everybody’s help to make sure we are able to support more people in this way, so please vote.”

The hospital sessions give patients the chance to socialise, explore ideas and improve motor skills which may have been affected by their injury.

Annie said: “Patients say they provide a lifeline, as it helps them to rediscover and reconnect with who they are.

“This is incredibly important after the life-changing experience which comes with brain injury, and could help many more people with other conditions. It can give people their lives back.”

Occupational therapist Karl Dickerson, who works an the unit, said: “It benefits our patients greatly on a practical, emotional and social level.

“It really improves their moods, and can take their minds away from their worries. It stimulates our patients and helps with their recovery.”

To find out more, visit Voting closes at noon on Monday, April 3.