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Primark opens its doors for local NHS garden project

6 December 2019

Employees at Primark’s Basingstoke store hosted a festive fundraising evening in support of ‘Parklands Therapeutic Gardens’ – as part of their local charity initiative, Step Up.

NHS staff from Southern Health’s Parklands Hospital were invited to attend the exclusive in-store event, which ran from 7.30pm to 10.00pm and included the opportunity to shop at their leisure, whilst enjoying a range of activities. NHS staff were met with a mocktail on arrival, and had the opportunity to support the garden project with a delicious bake sale, as well as enjoying a wrap station for gifts purchased, plus some games to keep their children entertained – all to the backdrop of some classic Christmas tunes.

Primark’s Basingstoke Store Manager, Richard Henley said: “We’re delighted to be raising funds for the sensory garden locally at Parklands Hospital. The first phase of the project will benefit serving military personnel staying in Hawthorns Ward with the second phase supporting patients from the hospital’s other mental health ward. The store has already donated more than £850 to the NHS garden project and last night was an opportunity to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to fundraising for such a deserving cause.” 

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Parklands Hospital is home to a general inpatient mental health ward as well as a specialist ward for serving MoD personnel - treating around 85 people each year from the armed forces with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, bi-polar and schizophrenia.  The hospital has joined forces with the horticulture team from Sparsholt College (gold medal winners from RHS Chelsea Flower Show), alongside veteran volunteers who have received support from the military charity Help for Heroes, to create the gardens. 

Southern Health’s medical director Dr Susie Carman said: “A big thank you to the generous team at Primark for choosing us as their charity partner this year. Support from local businesses like this is key to us creating this safe and peaceful haven for our patients.”

For more information on Parklands Therapeutic Gardens, you can read a regular blog here: www.southernhealth.nhs.uk/get-involved/  and you can support the project here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/brighterway-parklandgardens.

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