Dementia garden now reality thanks to funds

(L-R) Rafael Douglas, Diane Smart, Tom Robertson, Katy McKnight, Elizabeth Williams, Jean Robertson, William Hay, and Vivienne Davidson.
(L-R) Rafael Douglas, Diane Smart, Tom Robertson, Katy McKnight, Elizabeth Williams, Jean Robertson, William Hay, and Vivienne Davidson.

Staff at Cameron Hospital in Windygates have helped to raise thousands of pounds to fund a new dementia garden on the hospital grounds.

Almost £2500 was raised at the inaugural Cameron Ball, in October, while contributions from Tom Robertson, a retired Scottish Ambulance Service worker, and the late Lord Ewing of Kirkford, who pledged some money before his death in 2007, added an extra £2500.

Once the weather improves, the money will be used to rejuvenate existing garden space at the hospital and turn it into an area where dementia patients, their relatives and visitors can spend time.

The space has been ear-marked to include specialised paving that will reduce the risk of patients falling, separate quiet areas, spaces for pets to visit, and the presence of nostalgic post and telephone boxes to encourage memory use and reminiscence.

Vivienne Davidson, senior nurse, said: “The Cameron Ball was held for two reasons – to raise money towards enriching the lives and experiences of those who are inpatients at the hospital, and to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of all the staff who have worked on the Cameron Hospital site, both past and present.

“I am delighted to be able to receive this cheque and I am grateful to everyone involved in helping us to raise this impressive total.”

She added: “The ball has been such a success with everyone who attended that there is now a real desire for it to become an annual event.

‘‘We plan to organise the next ball in October 2015.”