The founder of a UK-wide scheme that provides a system of hospital care for people with dementia is giving her backing to Airedale’s Emergency Department Appeal.

Barbara Hodkinson, of the Butterfly Scheme, was a special guest at the launch event for the £100,000 campaign.

She gave a presentation to hospital executives, A&E staff and other guests.

She spoke about her experience of advising hospitals in planning for the treatment and support in A&E of patients with dementia.

Mrs Hodkinson will advise the fundraising team during the coming months on practices and resources that can improve the stay for any person with dementia.

Among provision she was particularly keen to see on the appeal list is the light installations for the Butterfly Room.

These will enable staff in the emergency department to ease patients’ stress, with the illusion of real sky inserted in panels overhead.

Bronagh Daly, Airedale Hospital’s dedicated fundraiser and the lead on the appeal, said: “The light installations are not something the NHS can fund, and as they are the most expensive part of the appeal wish list, it is exciting that already we have received support from the local community to help fundraise for this enhancing resource.

“We hope more members of the public can come forward and help in any small way to make it possible to purchase this resource for the most vulnerable people we treat.”

Mrs Hodkinson said: “Memory impairment can make a visit to A&E distressing, but it needn’t be.

“With innovative technologies like the day-light installations, there will be a more enhanced approach to assessing and treating the presenting problem rather than seeing the person’s dementia as the priority concern.”

She added: “I wish the emergency department appeal every success with the fundraising, and I am more than happy to advise and help in any way I can. I look forward to receiving an invitation to come back for a visit when the light installations are fitted.”