SASH Charity has welcomed a generous donation of £1,500, from Peter and Susie Cole, directors of a local franchise of Wiltshire Farm Foods based in Redhill, towards the creation of its new dementia friendly garden, Camomile Courtyard, at East Surrey Hospital, run by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH).
Their customers include older people and those recovering from illness. Susie said: “We work closely with the therapies team at East Surrey Hospital and in particular speech and language therapists about swallowing awareness. People living with dementia can often have swallowing difficulties and in the last five years we have developed a new pureed and soft food menu, which provides extra nutrition for our customers who have swallowing difficulties.
“We care passionately about our customers and go the extra mile and when we heard about the idea of the Camomile Courtyard for people living with dementia, we wanted to help support the fundraising campaign.”
Emily Brown, fundraising manager for SASH Charity, said: “We are so grateful for Wiltshire Farm Foods generous donation, which will go towards regenerating the courtyard for patients and their friends and families to visit as they recover and get ready to leave hospital. We would be delighted to hear from other local businesses who are interested in helping us to create our Camomile Courtyard.”