Holy Cross Hospital Haslemere thanks 'Friends' for their fundraising at a
Garden Day on Wednesday 23 May showcasing The Senses Garden and the Woodland
of Holy Cross' fundraising group by holding a special Garden Day on
Wednesday 23 May where The Senses Garden and the Woodland Wheelchair Trail
were open to view.
Christopher Hinton, chief executive, Holy Cross Hospital, said "We wished to
thank our donors and supporters by inviting them to this special day so they
could view The Senses Garden and the Woodland Wheelchair Trail. As a result
of their generous donations, we have been able to create both these
facilities which are of real benefit to our patients. I would like to give
special mention to the Friends of Holy Cross in respect of the Senses Garden
and to Matt Dellar and friends for the Woodland Wheelchair Trail. We
informed visitors about the Hospital's special work with very severely
disabled people and provided information about the services available in the
Physiotherapy Centre. Physiotherapists are often in demand to treat back
pain related to gardening.We are able to offer one-to-one and group sessions
in both the gym and the hydrotherapy pool to suit a wide range of
Holy Cross Hospital collaborated with The Friends of Holy Cross in
organising the event. The Friends' AGM took place after the Garden Day
reporting on the success of fundraising throughout the year and how the
money has supported patients.
The Friends are keen to attract new members to join them in fundraising for
Holy Cross Hospital to help raise much needed funds. For more information,
Charles Sommer, chairman of the Friends of Holy Cross Hospital, said "It is
very rewarding for us to have the opportunity to see first-hand how the
money the group has raised has been used - The Senses Garden is beautiful
and it is good to see how it is benefitting patients and their families."
The Senses Garden provides variation on normal sights, sounds, smells and
touch. For example, the various surfaces provide different sounds and
sensations when a wheelchair is wheeled over them. The touch wall and water
wall provide different tactile experiences as the patient's hand is guided
over them. There is a sound post which, when a button is pressed, activates
the sound of seagulls, evoking memories of being at the seaside, while
plants like lavender and thyme give various scents.
The Woodland Wheelchair Trail provides safe access for patients in
wheelchairs to the beautiful countryside alongside Holy Cross Hospital's
buildings. The trail winds along a gentle gradient through trees to a
platform with a picturesque view over the valley.