The Priory Hospital Thornford Park, a 123-bedded secure hospital located in Crookham Common, welcomed the Town Mayor of Thatcham, Cllr. Mike Coles to the hospital to receive a donation for the Mayor’s charity fund.
Cllr. Coles was presented with a cheque for £138, raised by staff and patients at the Thatcham Festival, where they sold homemade cakes and held a raffle. The Mayor’s charity fund is supporting West Berkshire Foodbank and Heartstart Thatcham.
The hospital is already involved in helping local community through projects such as the ‘Crookham Common Project’ where patients are involves in work which includes the removal of silver birch trees and scrub, the treatment of dominating bracken stands, opening up areas of heather and litter-picking along some of the paths through the Common. It also hopes to participate in charity and community events with the service user led music band and choir.
Paul O’Connor, hospital director at Thornford Park, said: “We were delighted that the Mayor took the time to visit the hospital and learn about the work carried out here and the community engagement that is taking place.
“it is very important for some of our patients that they undertake voluntary work and become involved with local projects as part of their treatment programme.
“I am sure that the money raised will be put to good use by the chosen charities and will further strengthen our links with our neighbours.”