STAFF and patients at a mental health unit are hoping local businesses can help them with a project to create a garden.
The occupational therapy department at Wedgwood House on the West Suffolk Hospital site in Bury St Edmunds wants to turn a dated courtyard into a pleasant outside area with a sensory garden and flowerbeds planted to attract butterflies and birds.
Activity worker Sarah Moulton explained: “It’s therapeutic in what there is to look at in a garden but so is the process of getting to that point. Patients will help us create it.”
The unit is very grateful to companies who have already helped with fund raising, including L’Occitane, DayDreams skin and body therapy, Lilyo, Loft and Spires and Clement Joscelyne. They have donated items which will be used for raffle and tombola prizes at an autumn fair next month for patients, staff and their families.
Crafts and jewellery made by patients’ therapy groups will also be sold there to raise money.
The unit would be grateful for plants and any other gardening donations, as well as anything useful for fund raising.
Contact Sarah or Jenny Walton at the occupational therapy unit on 01284 719771.