Eileen Proud PresidentofFriendsofAiredaleEileen Proud President of Friends of Airedale

The Friends of Airedale have given the hospital a £5,000 cash injection to help maintain the relaxing garden spaces for patients and visitors to enjoy.

Each courtyard now has a storage shed and the rest of the donation will be spent on plants, planters, benches and other needed equipment.Allison Crocker, Senior Administrator for Facilities at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:
“We are very grateful for this fantastic donation which will help transform our courtyards and keep them looking beautiful all year round.
“We decided to buy the storage sheds as there was nowhere to keep all the tools and other supplies in each one, so these will really help and the rest of the money can be used for year round plants and displays.”
Many of the wards at Airedale Hospital look out onto green or outdoor spaces and the wards themselves are built around a series of inner courtyards.
The project to allow people to adopt a courtyard began 18 months ago and now all 16 have been taken over by enthusiastic staff or other organisations.
Scientific research shows that even just looking at green spaces can improve recovery and wellbeing.
Exposure to nature also makes people feel better emotionally, contributes to physical wellbeing and reduces blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones.
Eileen Proud, President of Friends of Airedale says:
“We are absolutely delighted that the courtyards are being planted up and we are very happy to support this project – this is money well spent because it adds to patient comfort and pleasure when they can look out of the windows and see a beautiful garden area.”

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