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Ellen Badger Day Unit in Shipston scoops award for 6th year
THE garden at the Ellen Badger Hospital Day Unit in Shipston has scooped an award for its efforts for the sixth year running.
It was named the winner in this year’s ‘Best Public Place’ in the Shipston in Bloom competition.
The day unit cares for patients who require rehabilitation or have long term conditions and supports those living in the community at home.
Patients at the unit take part in horticultural therapy as part of their rehabilitation which has contributed to the garden being created.
Staff and patients also work together to grow fruit and vegetables which they use to cook to make things like soup as part of the department’s approach to promoting healthy eating and good nutrition.
Gaye Calleja, day unit coordinator, said: “The day unit’s garden is one of the main areas which our patients love to be in.
“Everyone works together to maintain the lovely garden and grow our fruits and vegetables. It has become an integral part of our patients’ rehabilitation.
“We are glad that the work our patients and staff have put into the garden has been recognised.”
Staff and patients are working together to produce a recipe book, which they plan to sell to raise further funds for the garden.
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