Join garden fete to celebrate hospital unit’s first anniversary

Join garden fete to celebrate hospital unit’s first anniversary

A year since its official VIP opening, a specialist unit at Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust is proud to show off its fantastic, developing sensory garden – and is celebrating by inviting everyone to its first summer fete.

Making the most of the summer sun, staff, volunteers and friends of the Gibberd ward are organising a fete with entertainment, singers, stalls and lots more, and are inviting everyone to come and join in the fun. The fete is on Saturday, 8 June, from 1pm to 4pm. The event is open to everyone – come along and bring your family and friends.

The fete will be officially opened at 1pm by the Chair of Harlow Council, Councillor Clive Souter.

The entertainment will include the Princess Alexandra Hospital choir, as well as music from Princess Alexandra hospital radio on a 1950s and 60s theme. You can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea or try your hand at tombola or coconut shy to win a prize! There is no entry charge, but any donation will be gratefully received.

The Gibberd ward sensory garden is a wonderful asset which has been created with the help of volunteers, some of whom have dementia, together with staff, supporters and friends, to provide a peaceful outdoor space for the hospital’s elderly patients, especially those with dementia.

David Page, dementia support practitioner at the trust, was instrumental in the work to create the sensory garden, and is full of praise for the support he has had, from planning to preparing and equipping the site and developing its therapeutic environment.

He said: “We are very fortunate to have had help and support from the community, and now we are thrilled to be inviting everyone to come and enjoy our first outdoor event in this special garden. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

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