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Mayor of Enfield

14 April 2016

Mayor of Enfield gets locked in for dementia Help release her!

On April 15th, the Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Patricia Ekechi, is being locked into the patient garden at Chase Farm Hospital for the day.

Chase Farm Charity is locking the Mayor into the garden within the Highlands Wing to raise money for a therapeutic, sensory garden for dementia patients at Chase Farm Hospital. The Mayor will be using the space as an outdoor office for the day to raise £5,000 for the redevelopment of the gardens before she will be released.

The complete project of redeveloping both gardens in the Highlands Wing will cost £120,000. The Charity has so far raised just over half the amount needed.

Savita Tailor, Community Fundraiser, said: “The Mayor has chosen to support the redevelopment of our dementia garden – a cause very close to her heart. The garden has been designed to support dementia patients and will make a huge difference to patients and their families. It has been designed specifically to provoke memory recall and provide a stimulating environment.”

The Mayor will have a desk, phone and iPad to get as many donations as she can during the day. Passers-by will be able to come and see the Mayor in the Gardens. There will be cakes and refreshments on sale during the day in order to increase the funds to help the Mayor reach her goal.

The Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Patricia Ekechi, said: “This is great project and I am so excited to be working with the Charity to help the garden become a reality.

“No donation is too small as all the money we can raise will help patients that really need it. The garden will provide a much needed outdoor space to help stimulate the patients and provide a safe, outdoor area for them off of the ward. Dementia does not get enough recognition and I hope by taking part in this lock in that more people will stand up and take notice.”

If you want to support the Mayor’s fundraising efforts you can sponsor for her lock in via:

www.justgiving.com/freeEnfieldsmayor and please do come along on the day and support her!

If you would like to get involved through your own fundraising or in helping physically within the garden then please get in touch with Savita via Savita.tailor@nhs.net.

Notes to editors

Contact:

Savita Tailor, Community Fundraiser, 020 8375 2186, savita.tailor@nhs.net

About the project

There are two gardens in the Highlands Wing at Chase Farm Hospital that are for the use of patients and their families. They are great spaces but have not been designed with the patients in mind. The Chase Farm Charity is working to transform the spaces in to specialist therapeutic gardens designed to enhance patient recovery by Summer 2016.

One garden has been designed to support dementia patients and includes a street with shop fronts, street lamps and individual front gardens all designed to provoke memory recall and provide a stimulating environment.

The second is based on a Japanese garden which provides peace and tranquility for those recovering from stroke or brain injury. Therapy sessions can take place outdoors as well as horticultural therapy.

The Charity is engaging with the community with this project to raise the £120,000, of which half has already been raised.

For further information about the project and to see detailed images of the plans please visit: https://www.royalfreecharity.org/charities/chase-farm-garden-project

About the Royal Free Charity

In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London.  Since then the Royal Free Charity expanded their services and in June 2015 launched; Barnet Hospital Charity and Chase Farm Charity.  All donations will be used to benefit the specific hospital they were raised for.

We provide the little touches and big differences, including volunteer meet and greeters to help people find their way around, slippers for elderly patients and care packs for patients who may have arrived with nothing with them.

And we support the big projects that make a difference too, from free Wifi in the hospital to specialist medical equipment.  We even look after the art work that brightens up hospital corridors

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