Hospital staff jump at the chance to take part in skydive to raise money for new Wellness Garden at the Alexandra Hospital

Staff from across Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have bravely taken the plunge in a charity skydive to help raise money towards the new Wellness Garden appeal at the Alexandra Hospital. 

Twelve members of staff from varying hospital departments jumped at the chance to be part of the Skydive that took place on the 2nd August, surpassing their initial target and raising an impressive £3,708.

The new fundraising appeal has been launched by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity to raise £150,000 to transform one of the currently unused courtyards at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch into the new Wellness Garden.

This new project led by the hospital teams in MAU and Dementia wards is designed to support patients with dementia or a mental health condition with a place to help reduce anxiety, distress and help overall mental wellbeing while visiting the Hospital. 

2 in 3 people report having experienced a mental health problem in their lifetime, it’s more important than ever those patients and their families get the right support and care. The funds raised will provide a stimulating and safe area for patients and their families and carers to have some much-needed respite.

Jackie Edwards, Acting Chief Nursing Officer at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Hospital settings can be confusing, overwhelming or destabilising for those with dementia, especially if they have other illnesses or have had an accident.”

“This new garden is one way that we are working to improve our patient’s experience of their time in hospital by creating a dementia-friendly environment. It will provide a safe, calm and relaxing space for patients with dementia and their families and carers.”

Esky Wood, Ward manager of MAU at the Alexandra Hospital added: “We know from the conversations we have had with patients, families and carers how important these facilities are – a calming, familiar space to reduce anxiety. Our focus is always to provide the best care and experience to patients and the people closest to them”

After completing the skydive Nicky Langford, Community Fundraising Officer at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity, said; “The experience was simply amazing. I was terrified, but couldn’t ask others to raise money if I wasn’t prepared to take the plunge myself. I’m delighted at the fantastic amount raised by everyone involved as it will make a lasting difference to our patients.” 

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