Construction work is underway to create a purpose-built rehabilitation and therapy garden at George Eliot Hospital that will help patients and families affected by stroke and dementia.
The £ 167,000 ‘Serenity Garden’ project, funded entirely by charitable donations, was launched in June 2018 with the aim of offering people affected by stroke and dementia the chance to take part in a wide range of activities including pet , gardening, art and music therapy in an open space away from clinical areas. The garden is expected to benefit more than 3000 patients and their friends and family each year.
The first phase of construction commenced in December and will last two months. It will see the creation of a specially-surfaced dementia therapy area and a dedicated stroke rehabilitation area.
The fundraising efforts led by George Eliot Hospital employees - project support officer Shabina Khalifa and advanced nurse practitioner Victoria Kean - have raised £149,000 to date. The project is also being supported as the nominated charity of the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council – Madam Mayor June Tandy. However, further funds are being sought to complete the project.
Welcoming the start of construction, being undertaken by construction partners Fairways ,George Eliot Hospital Managing Director David Eltringham said: “The effects of a stroke and dementia are often frightening and disorientating for people, so this garden will provide a real sanctuary for patients and their families. Victoria and Shabina have done our hospital and our community proud with their fundraising efforts. I’d also like to thank Madam Mayor Tandy for her continued support for the project. I’m excited to see ground being broken on the garden and I look forward to its completion.”
Fairways General Manager, Giles Ball said: “We all know someone who has been affected by the frightening effects of a stroke or dementia, so it is a particular privilege for our team to create this calming environment within the grounds at George Eliot, which as it matures, will provide a legacy for future patients and their families to enjoy”.