Garden party at Alderney Hospital supports dementia patients
The Mayor of Poole, Cllr Julie Bagwell, was welcomed to Alderney Hospital’s garden party to celebrate an improved outdoor space for patients.
Staff on the St Brelades Ward also invited patients, relatives, carers, volunteers and colleagues for an afternoon of music, food, a raffle and games ranging from ‘hook the duck’ to a coconut shy.
The event raised £900 to further spruce up the new-look garden and benefit dementia patients at the hospital, which is run by Dorset HealthCare.
St Brelades Ward Manager Golda Devadason said:
“The garden is a vital therapeutic space for our patients – it can help people living with dementia enjoy socialising and connect with others by creating a shared experience. They can take part in physical activity and stimulate their senses and memories, all of which greatly improves their well-being.
“I’m very grateful to all the volunteers and staff members who helped with the recent improvements, which included a full tidy-up of the garden, putting in new plants, painting fences and outside furniture, and much more.
“Also, a big thank-you goes to all the local companies that donated plants, a skip, paint, furniture, bunting and more. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”
Funds raised at the party will be used to make additional improvements to the garden, including a soft patio so patients can safely access the garden by themselves or with loved ones.
If you’d like to offer support or make a donation to further improve the garden, please contact Golda on email at email@example.com