Ticehurst Garden Project, with Ice Cream Parlour

by Friends of Ticehurst Care Home in Aldershot, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th August 2020 we successfully raised £430 with 8 supporters in 28 days

To enhance and enrich the lives of residents; those with dementia or requiring full-time nursing, through the creation of a sensory garden.

by Friends of Ticehurst Care Home in Aldershot, England, United Kingdom

The Friends of Ticehurst is an 8-strong fund raising team inspired to enhance and enrich the lives of our residents. This project's aim is to create a sensory garden with a little ice cream parlour where there's presently a 500 square metre, currently under-utilised patch of ground. The literature on the benefits of such an outdoor space is extensive, but to name a few: 

  • residents will be able to walk around freely using wheelchair- and walker-friendly pathways;
  • the creation of raised vegetable, herb and flower beds to attract wild life and encourage residents' participation in planting, weeding and reaping; 
  • mental health and dementia scientists and organisations are in complete agreement when it comes to the value of being out in the open, in a garden:
    • a quiet spot to form new social bonds and enjoy moments with loved ones - for this purpose we'll provide pergolas and seating areas;
    • prompting memory recall and creating a feeling of "future" through involvement in seasonal planning;
    • the feeling of pride associated with contributing herbs and vegetables to the home's kitchen and the consequent dicussions around cooking and the enjoyment of food;
    • a reduction in anxiety and stress and an improvement in concentration and connection with past memories;
    • lowering of heart rate and blood pressure;
    • olfactory stimulation triggering memories and prompting mood improvement;
  • an outside space to sit and appreciate sunny moments in the garden - just enjoying an ice cream, having a cup of tea, playing a game or joining an arts and crafts session;
  • the installation of a summerhouse with the appropriate equipment and seating, to serve as an "ice cream parlour" or for birthdays and other get-togethers;
  • additional seating around the trees will afford residents the opportunity to quietly enjoy the surroundings; 
  • the creation of additional space will afford an outdoor moment to residents who are otherwise largely restricted to the interior of the facility;
  • we plan to include the greater community to raise dementia awareness..... tea with local firefighters, games mornings with folk from similar institutions and church groups, Moms+Tots tea in the garden, local folk bringing small pets to visit, engaging garden enthusiasts to spend time with our residents, etc; and
  • with the Covid-19 restrictions in Hampshire County Council homes permitting only outdoor visits for the indefinite future, the realisation of this project becomes imperative.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

Plaque on a Donations Board in our Garden

We will create and prominently display a "Thank you for your gracious donation" board in the garden with the names of all of those who have made such a generous donation.

£25 or more

Ticehurst "Thank You" card signed by our residents

This will be a card with the Friends of Ticehurst logo on the outside and the signatures of our residents on the inside.

£50 or more

Friends of Ticehurst T-Shirt

A good quality cream T-Shirt with the Friends of Ticehurst logo.

£75 or more

Baseball Cap

A baseball cap with the Friends of Ticehurst logo

£250 or more

Dedicated Bench or Seating Area

An engraved brass plaque on a dedicated bench or seating area.

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