Airedale Hospital dementia garden benefits from Freemasons’ donation

A special dementia garden at Airedale Hospital is benefitting from a generous donation by the Freemasons.

Craven Branch 810 of the Freemasons has donated £1,000 to the Friends of Airedale Hospital towards the completion of the garden, which is particularly aimed at patients with dementia and their visitors. The garden, which is accessible through ward 4, one of the elderly wards at the hospital, features a figure of eight path which helps patients easily find their way around the garden and back to the ward as well as plenty of comfortable seating and shade sails to relax under out of the sun.

Eileen Proud, President of the Friends of Airedale, was delighted with the donation; “This donation from the Freemasons will help us to make significant progress towards completing the garden. We’re buying some more plants and trees, two obelisks for climbing plants and some figurines. It’s important to make the garden an interactive space:
patients are encouraged to use the potting shed and plant up the herb planters. The act of gardening, together with the scented plants, helps to provoke memories, which is ultimately the main aim of the garden.”

Roger Newhouse, Assistant Provincial Grandmaster visited the garden; “We are all pleased that our donation has supported further development of the garden and I’m delighted to see the progress that has been made. It is a wonderful space for patients and their visitors to enjoy, and I hope that patients with dementia will find it brings back memories of their own gardens.”

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From left-to-right: Mike Yates (Chair of Friends of Airedale), Eileen Proud (President of Friends Airedale), Roger Newhouse (Assistant Provincial Grand Master), Sarah Davie (Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist), the Gardening Team: Steve Marshall (Head Gardener), Dave Feather & Michael Rumbold.

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Posted in Charity News on August 3rd, 2016 by David Clough

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