MHA Mayfields care home in Ellesmere Port celebrated the opening of its new garden space recently with a special ceremony, which included a blessing by the home’s chaplain, Wyn Davies, and a plaque unveiling.
The home’s music therapist, Ceri Rawson, also ran a music therapy session on the day, so those visiting could experience first-hand the powerful impact music therapy can have on those living with dementia.
The development of Mayfields’ new ‘reminiscence’ section of the garden was made possible thanks to a legacy donation by the Leslie Wheeldon Trust Fund to MHA.
Leslie Wheeldon, who died in 1998, wished to honour the memory of his wife, Kitty, by donating the remainder of his trust fund to pass to a registered charity.
Mr Brackenbury, who is the executor of Mr Wheeldon’s trust fund, was at Mayfields to cut the ribbon and release two white doves. A plaque has also been installed in the garden to honour Mr Wheeldon and Kitty.
Mayfields’ gardens were originally designed so that residents and relatives at the home could enjoy a long walk from one end of the grounds to the other, in a safe and secure setting. Part of the garden had been developed into a ‘seaside’ themed area, which encouraged more residents to sit outside in warmer weather.
The home then came up with the idea of adding a ‘reminiscence’ section, where plants could be laid in memory of those who had passed away, while residents could enjoy a peaceful area for reflection and relaxation.
Alison Thomson, activities co-ordinator at MHA Mayfields, said “Everyone can now enjoy the tranquil setting of the peace garden. This space makes a massive difference to the residents’ general wellbeing, enabling them to get outside for walks and fresh air.”
Katie Haddad, Trusts & Foundations Manager at MHA, added “We’re very grateful to Mr Brackenbury and the Leslie Wheeldon Trust for the donation that has enabled Mayfields to redevelop its garden. It looks fabulous and will make a huge difference to those living and working at the home.”