Thursday, August 6, 2020

Donations will allow mental health ward’s sensory garden bloom

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) has received generous donations to help transform sensory gardens for mental health patients across some of their wards.

Staff and patients at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre (PHC), Ashley House and Discovery House, were delighted to receive donations this month to bring their outdoor spaces to life.

Funds have been donated through LPFT’s charity, Lincolnshire NHS Charity, and will be spent on plants and materials to enhance several sensory gardens in the Trust.

Donations for Lincolnshire NHS Charity are used to enhance services and facilities that would otherwise not be funded by the NHS.

Staff and patients regularly set up fundraisers for the charity, including Admin Assistant Monica Pollard who raised £500 last September by shaving her head.

The money Monica raised was used to start transformations on PHC’s sensory garden, which has become a much-loved place of relaxation.

Thanks to a recent donation of over £700 from the Harmston Women’s Institute, the sensory garden at PHC in Lincoln will be transformed with a variety of new plants.

The Trust regularly observes the benefits of gardens and patient participation in gardening. Many of their wards have used gardening as a therapeutic activity for their patients, including one of their rehabilitation wards, The Fens in Lincoln.

The Fens has an on-going garden project which launched in 2018. Patients take part in planting, maintaining and cooking their produce, learning new skills and feeling a sense of fulfilment in the process.

“We are incredibly grateful for the funds we have received to buy new plants and refresh the sensory garden. Gardening is a therapeutic and meaningful form of physical activity and both patients and staff really enjoy getting involved,” said Judith Snailham, LPFT’s Lead Occupational Therapist.

“Spending time outside and reducing stress is especially important during this time of uncertainty. Exploring the PHC sensory garden can stimulate the senses, engage patients and improve mental wellbeing. We are looking forward to further engaging patients in the project during the summer.”

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