Whitefriars Care Home’s garden challenge

Whitefriars activity co-ordinator Sarah Turner- Daffern in the area they hope to transform into a beautiful garden
Whitefriars activity co-ordinator Sarah Turner- Daffern in the area they hope to transform into a beautiful garden

A care home is calling on people to support its appeal to revamp a garden for dementia patients.

Staff at Whitefriars Care Home hope to transform the bland area which is currently used by its residents into a colourful haven where they can enjoy gardening and bird watching.

A volunteer workforce has been put together by the National Citizens Award but the home needs a long list of materials before they can start work at the end of July.

Activities coordinator Sarah Turner-Daffern said: “It’s really important that our residents with dementia can carry on with daily activities as much as possible.

“We want to enrich their lives as much as possible during the time they are with us and give us the best quality of life.”

The care home has already had plans drawn up for the garden. It includes laying tarmac to improve access and creating raised beds and a raised bank with seating areas built into it.

Staff would also like to install a new summerhouse and cut back one of the trees to create a feeding area for the birds.

Sarah said: “The home is run by the Order of St John’s Care Trust. People think we must have money to spare, but we are a charitable trust so we have to fundraise ourselves for any projects like this.

“We have been raising money with Easter fairs and donations from families, two members of staff are going to walk up Snowdon to raise more money and we are even bag packing at a local supermarket to boost the pot.”

The staff are appealing to local businesses and the public to support the appeal. They need everything from tarmac, concrete blocks and bricks to raised beds, plants and benches.

Offers of financial help and man power are also welcome as the cost of tarmac alone will be £5,000.

Sarah said: “We have already had some offers of help but we are relying on people to come forward and support our appeal so we can make this a garden to be proud of.”

The team of volunteers, who have been recruited from local schools, are due to start work on July 29.

Anyone who can help out is asked to contact Sarah Turner-Daffurn on 01780 765434.