Reigate College’s Students’ Union committed to donate all the proceeds from this year’s Equality and Community Day to the Camomile Courtyard appeal to create a purpose-built dementia-friendly sensory garden at East Surrey Hospital. The charity was chosen as the SU wanted to support a local project that would make a tangible difference to the community.
Chris O’Connor, Consultant Admiral Nurse for dementia at East Surrey Hospital, came into College during Equality and Community Day on Tuesday 26th June to share with students and staff the vision for creating a quiet and safe outdoor space where patients and their families can relax in tranquil surroundings and receive appropriate therapy away from the wards. He also explained why including design features that promote memory recall (smells, sounds and touch) are so important to those living with dementia.
In response, the Students’ Union raised a fantastic £608.09 which will go directly towards the construction of the garden.
On Tuesday 9th July, the College’s Community Officer Wendy Gregory and Equality Officer Rob Walton, who were both involved with organising the day alongside the Students’ Union, presented SASH Charity’s Fundraising Manager Emily Brown with a cheque for the full amount.
Emily commented, “We’re incredibly grateful to Reigate College for including the Camomile Courtyard in their Community and Equality Day, and we really appreciate their support. It’s fantastic to see the local community getting behind the appeal.”
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