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Cumbria nurse raises funds for mental health patients

Bernadette Mallinson and Louise Chapman Credit: ITV Border

Health care staff at a unit in Carleton Clinic raised money to help their mental health patients engage in outdoor activities.

Bernadette Mallinson, who works as a healthcare assistant in the Acorn Unit, recently took part in a 50 mile challenge through the Lake District to help raise funds. On the last day of the challenge, the workers dressed up in halloween costumes.

She says it is part of her desire to help patients stay healthy in future.

I have focused on the theme of healthy mind, health body and how small changes in food choices can make a big difference. I have been working on healthy options, good quality, colourful and nutritious food to help patients gain cooking skills for the future. A representative from Slimming World and a member who has had significant weight loss gave a demonstration and chatted with the ward.

– Bernadette Mallinson, Health Care Assistant

Bernadette Mallinson and her supporters raised £600, which is being used to buy tables and benches for patients. She now hopes a community grant will help patients improve their diets.

The Acorn Unit 16-bed unit for men with complex mental health needs, where they receive rehabilitation.

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