Fundraising is under way at Ellesmere Port Hospital to create a centenary garden for the benefit of patients with dementia.
The Chester Road hospital, set up as a military hospital in 1914, is celebrating the first opening of its doors 100 years ago.
To commemorate this event, a fundraising project is under way to raise funds to refurbish the courtyard garden and make it a relaxing place for patients and their families to enjoy as part of the recuperation process.
Designated as a rehabilitation hospital, most of the patients cared for there are frail or elderly and many have dementia.
Patient Ted Cooke is being looked after on Ruby Ward following a transfer from the Countess of Chester where he spent two weeks before going home and then being readmitted.
“In totaI I have been in both hospitals for around seven weeks and am currently trying out some new medication,” he explained.
Daughter Alison said: “Dad has been getting some fresh air when I take him around the car park in his wheelchair but it would be so much better to be able to sit in a garden area and enjoy the sensory plants and wind chimes that I know are being planned for the area.”
In addition to the new planting, the paving is to be re-laid to make a more even surface for patients who are both walking and in wheelchairs.
Ted, who is 92, added: “I am all for the idea of a new garden and it will be lovely to have a change of scenery. I have nothing but praise for all the staff here. They can’t do enough for me.”
Almost £5,000 of the £10,500 needed has already been raised.
Those who would like to make a donation can either drop a cheque into Ellesmere Port Hospital or phone the fundraising office at the Countess of Chester Hospital on 01244 366240.