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Summer garden party hailed a success
03/07/2015

Patients receiving treatment at a specialist mental health ward in Norwich were joined by friends and relatives to enjoy a fun-packed afternoon of activities on Saturday 27 June at a summer garden party hosted by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

The Sandringham Ward, at the Julian Hospital in Norwich's Bowthorpe Road, hosted its second annual garden party during the afternoon. A range of entertainment took place, including a tombola, crafts and a performance by singer Georgia Stelling, whose mum Kate is a nurse on the ward. A buffet and cakes were also available. 

The event was been arranged by Occupational Therapy Assistant Practitioner Sam Burgess to give patients and their families the chance to socialise and enjoy the gardens at the hospital. It was also designed to help patients on the ward – who are all older patients who have conditions such as bipolar and schizophrenia coupled with other complexities – to remain active in preparation for their discharge. 

"We were really pleased to see so many patients, relatives, friends and staff at the garden party," said Sam. "There were lots of different things happening during the afternoon to keep everyone entertained, and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. 

"We care for patients with complexities in later life, who are admitted to the ward during an episode of bipolar or schizophrenia, for example, but may also have physical health issues for which they need are. It is particularly important for this group of patients to take part in activities and get out and about so that they can reengage with the community when they are discharged back home, which is why we arranged the party. 

"During last year's event, we were also lucky enough to receive donations from some of our guests, whose generosity helped us to provide crafts and games on the ward to keep our patients active, as well as helping us set up a vegetable garden for them to enjoy. 

"We are really grateful for their support as it makes such a big difference to our patients during their time in hospital." 

See more photos from the day on our Trust Facebook page: facebook.com/NSFTrust