“Hospital Hikers” fund new dementia garden
New dementia gardens and brightly-coloured rest stops for patients with a dementia are being created at St Richard’s and Worthing Hospitals thanks to staff conquering Britain’s tallest mountain last year.
The 26 “Hospital Hikers” which included nurses, doctors, support workers and members of the board, raised £10,000 climbing Ben Nevis in May 2017 – funds which are now being spent on improving the hospital’s dementia facilities and services.
Dementia matron, Frances Usher-Smith, said: “Our new rest stops and wonderful dementia gardens will provide patients with a different and more peaceful environment to sit in.
“We will also be restocking our activity boxes which will help volunteers and staff to help patients with a dementia enjoy meaningful activities while staying in our hospitals.”
The new dementia garden at St Richard’s will be created first in the space between Ashling and Ford Wards, with the Worthing garden’s location still being determined.
“Our new rest stops and wonderful dementia gardens will provide patients with a different and more peaceful environment to sit in.
The four new rest stops will be strategically placed around the hospitals and will feature brightly-coloured benches, with local tourist attractions as backgrounds, in tribute to the hospital hikers, an image of Ben Nevis in Scotland will also be displayed prominently.
The activity boxes will be replenished with items such as teddy bears, books and dominoes with the dementia team continuing to explore providing newspapers on the wards and a new hairdressing service for their patients.
Amanda Tucker, head of the hospital’s dedicated charity, Love Your Hospital, said: It is fantastic to see that the money raised from the Ben Nevis hike is being used to further improve our hospitals’ dementia services.
“In taking on this challenge the hospital hikers all endured incredibly tough conditions, making the terrain treacherous and the challenge hugely significant.
“However, in doing so they raised a fabulous amount of money for Love Your Hospital which will make a real difference to the lives of patients.