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A Secret Garden renovation is the first North Mid Charity fundraising appeal 002The appeal for funds to revamp the 'secret garden' gets off to a good start with a cheque for £10,000

The new North Mid Charity got off to a good start when a cheque for £10,000 was presented to the group running a project to revamp a 'secret garden' within the North Middlesex Hospital.

The 'secret garden' is a safe haven for children, young people and their parents and carers during their stay at the hospital, helping support their recovery and mental wellbeing. The cheque will kickstart the fundraising needed so that the area can be redeveloped using a sustainable all-weather design with new equipment to encourage active play. Redesign of the existing children's garden will be carried out by children, young people and their parents/carers, and by the children’s nurses and play therapists.

The new charity will be funding projects designed to improve the environment across the hospital for patients, visitors and staff and the local community. 

Maria Kane, Chief Executive of North Middlesex University Hospital, said: “I am delighted that our children’s ‘secret garden’ will be the first project to be supported by our new North Mid Charity. Coming to hospital can be a stressful and scary experience at the best of times, and will be even more so for children and young people. We know that they and their families/carers will need respite and an environment in which they can relax during their stay in hospital and this project will help achieve this. I’m really looking forward to seeing what ideas and designs our young patients will come up with! 

“We want to create a welcoming and friendly environment in which our patients receive the very best of care here at North Mid. Our new charity will aim to achieve this through raising funds for different projects so we can make improvements across the Trust for the benefit of everyone in our community – and we know we will have their support in making this happen.”

The ‘secret garden’ project is being led by Patricia Mecinska, head of patient experience and involvement.  For more information about the fundraising appeal please contact Patricia by email: .

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