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Kettering Hospital’s ‘dementia garden’ raises £20k after 5 months

An appeal to develop a dementia garden at Kettering General Hospital has topped the £20,000 mark after five months.
The KGH Forget-Me-Not Appeal originally aimed to raise approximately £150,000 to transform a courtyard adjacent to the Lamport and Twywell wards into a dementia-friendly garden where patients can safely be active.

Following an unexpected response from the local community – by both individuals, groups and businesses – the final cost is likely to be considerably less because of the number of donations of time, expertise and building materials.

Jayne Chambers, KGH Forget-Me-Not Appeal organiser, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the many kind offers of support we have received.

“We will be one of only a few acute Trusts in the country to offer this kind of facility.”

  • Since the Trust’s last update in May there have been a number of important developments including:
    A civil engineering company –PJ Carey of Milton Keynes – is co-ordinating all of the building work and demolition by providing a project manager, Jason Fairbrother, who is working in conjunction with other local supporters to bring the project to a successful conclusion.
  • Debi Noone – head of Corby Business Network – and Simon Cox – who runs Kettering Business Network – are together working with local firms to co-ordinate contributions of supplies to develop the project
  • Gill Gardener from Bosworths Garden Company of Burton Latimer has pulled together a garden design and planting plan thanks to support from Sam Bosworth from the family owned company
  • RF Blount and Sons Plumbing and Heating of Kettering are donating and installing radiators to two rooms adjoining the garden
  • T James Electrical, of Kettering, have offered to install external and internal lighting for the project
    Edmundsons Electrical, of Kettering, will supply electrical equipment for T James Electrical to fit

Local garden designer Robin Ideson of Robin Ideson Design of Creaton, and KenSigns of Kettering have given the appeal a banner to help promote itself at events and have agreed to design and install a mural in the completed garden.

Other local supporters who have contributed so far include the Teamwork Trust Charity, theatre group Theats, KGH Trust Timewarpers pantomime group.

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