Published on Friday 03 February 2017
The High Sheriff of Merseyside Jim Davies officially unveiled a new sensory garden at Clatterbridge Hospital that will help patients in their rehabilitation.
Welcomed by Wirral University Teaching Hospital Chairman Michael Carr and Director of Nursing and Midwifery Gaynor Westray, the High Sheriff officially opened the garden before taking a tour of the hospital.
Former patient Ron Robinson teamed up with Clatterbridge Hospitals League of Friends to raise funds to develop the sensory garden, which is located at the Clatterbridge Rehabilitation Centre within the hospital.
Ron, 59, from New Brighton, was a patient at the rehabilitation centre in 2014, after being diagnosed with CIDP, which is a rare disease of the nerves. As part of his rehabilitation he often looked out on to the garden area and felt it was in need of development so patients could enjoy it more as part of their stay.
He decided to raise funds for a sensory garden and teamed up with Clatterbridge Hospitals League of Friends. The garden will not only allow patients to go outdoors as part of their rehabilitation, the project is very much a working garden in which patients will have the opportunity to look after the space.
Ron said: “As a patient I used to look out on to the garden and it looked a little tired. I thought it would be a really nice idea to turn it into a sensory garden and decided to raise funds.
“I’m really happy with how it’s turned out and it just looks so much better for patients to enjoy.”
High Sheriff Jim Davies said: “It was great to have the opportunity to unveil the garden and to see the hard work that has gone into making this area an important useable space for patients.
“Well done to everyone who was involved in this project. The centre does some fantastic work with the rehabilitation of its patients and this space will only add to their recovery.
“I would especially single out for praise Ron Robinson for his inspiring vision and the Clatterbridge Hospitals League of Friends for all the great support they give this wonderful hospital . It is truly transformational the work that they do.”
Gaynor Westray added: “This will be a great help to our patients, who will be using this as a working garden. Not only does it offer a nice outside environment for relaxation but it will really help with their recovery and rehabilitation. I would personally like to thank everyone involved in developing this area.”
Ken Arnold, chairman of the Clatterbridge Hospitals League of Friends, added: “We felt there was a real need for an area such as this in the hospital and we know how much patients will benefit from this. We raise funds throughout the year for projects on the Clatterbridge Health Park and it will be great to see the sensory garden being used by patients.”
Photo 1 - The High Sheriff of Merseyside Jim Davies officially opening the sensory garden, pictured with Chairman Michael Carr, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Gaynor Westray, former patient Ron Robinson, Clatterbridge League of Friends and hospital staff.
Photo 2 and 3 - The High Sheriff of Merseyside Jim Davies officially opening the sensory garden
Photo 4 and 5 – The new sensory garden at Clatterbridge Hospital