A local hospital for people with acute mental health problems is to get a new sensory garden thanks to a massive fundraising effort by Cottesmore Golf Club.
Heads On, the official charity of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, was chosen as the Ladies Captain’s Charity of the Year 2018 and has just received a grand total of £6763.80
Fundraising events including coffee mornings, raffles, a sponsored walk, quiz nights and charity fun days took place throughout the year, and continued unabated despite a devastating fire at the Golf Club in June 2018.
The money raised will now be used to create a sensory garden at Langley Green Hospital in Crawley, a purpose built hospital for people with acute mental health problems. The garden, which has been planned and designed by service users at the hospital, will create a welcoming and peaceful space to be enjoyed by patients, carers and visitors for years to come. Not only will patients be involved in planning and planting the garden, patient gardening groups will also maintain it.
Lady Captain for 2018, Heather Skinner, said: "The generosity of our Ladies section has totally astounded me. We are a small group and through many avenues of fundraising we have raised £6,763.80 – and we’re still counting!
“We are pleased that this will go towards the new sensory garden as it will improve the facilities for service users, staff and visitors. We all appreciate this is a great cause as one in four people are affected by some form of mental health illness.
“Cottesmore Ladies are also really happy to know that the garden will be named the 'Phoenix Garden' as one of Cottesmore’s golf courses is named the Phoenix. We very much look forward to visiting the garden in the future and seeing it blossom!”
Isobel Clark, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist at Langley Green Hospital, said: "As well as providing an immediate positive therapeutic purpose in creating the project, service users will manage the area on an ongoing basis so it continues on into the future.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to move forward with our project and this would not be possible without the support and generosity of Heather and all at Cottesmore. What a difference this is going to make!"