During the first wave of the pandemic MCH Charity worked with the Health and Wellbeing Board to develop various ways to support staff working at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT).
One of the first projects focussed on improving the look and increase the use of some of the hospitals’ outside spaces so that staff could get outside to get some fresh air during their shift.
As part of the project MCH Charity contacted local garden company Garden Street to source some planters which would be filled with plants to brighten up some of the courtyards at Leighton Hospital. Once the company learnt more about the aims of the project, they very generously donated 36 planters, worth £3,000 free of charge. In addition, they offered a discount on pergolas which the charity purchased to provide shade for staff using the outside spaces.
Emma Robertson MCH Charity Manager said, “When we were looking for planters we had two aims, firstly we wanted to use a company in our vicinity because we believe it’s important to support local businesses and secondly we wanted to make sure that we purchased a high quality product that was going to stand the test of time. We were completely overwhelmed when Garden Street decided to gift the planters to us and the discount on the pergolas was the icing on the cake!
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to all at Garden Street for their kindness and generosity and for supporting such an important project. We’ve had so many lovely comments from staff and patients who have told us what a difference the outside spaces make to them, which is all we could ask for. It’s been such a success that we hope to roll out the project over the coming months to enable more staff and patients to benefit from further enhancements to our outside spaces.”
Sam Norris, Sales and Marketing Manager for Garden Street said, “As a local business, it is a pleasure to be involved with this exciting project at Mid Cheshire Hospitals, and help to contribute to what are now a series of stunning outdoor spaces. After the tough year on all key workers and patients at the Trust, it's great to help create these private garden areas to relax in and enjoy some fresh air. We hope that this can go a small way to repaying our gratitude for the hard work and excellent care the NHS provide throughout Cheshire.”