Publish date: 28 March 2023

The next phase of the garden project at Tameside Hospital’s Stamford Unit has received a big boost thanks to the generosity of local students.

Proceeds from Tameside College’s winter fundraising event have been donated to the latest stage of development.

The event, which included a raffle, tombola and other games, is organised exclusively by students and all money raised donated to a local charity or good cause.

And this year the £559 raised was donated towards improving the garden, which provides vital respite and green space for patients to relax in an outdoor environment.

Money raised will be put towards gym equipment and it is also hoped the next phase will include more activities, seating and further paved areas.

The Stamford Unit looks after dementia patients, people with long-term illness and some people have recently undergone surgery.

Antony Makepeace, Head of Nursing at the Stamford Unit, said: “The garden is such an important space to help aid recovery, particularly as we get into the warmer summer months, and we rely on the generosity of others to help us continue to improve it.

“It was our pleasure to welcome representatives from the College to show them our garden and talk them through how we plan to spend the money they raised over the coming months.

“The thanks of all who work on our Unit go to the students for their kindness and generosity.”

Joanne Beresford, Head of Department for Health, Counselling, Early Years and Teaching Assistants at Tameside College, said: “We are proud of our students for planning and delivering a fantastic event which raised a significant amount of money.

“In past years, we have supported different departments across the Hospital and we are pleased to be able to support them once again.”