New sensory garden for Barbara Russell Children's Unit

Thursday, 9 May 2013

A former patient at Frenchay Hospital’s Barbara Russell Children's Unit has created a sensory garden for the ward just in time for summer.

Megan Putt, 21, from Frampton Cotterell was a regular patient at the children’s unit after a serious car accident in 2007.

Since recovering she has returned to college to take part in an arts course and volunteers on the ward to support staff.

She said: “I really enjoyed working with the children on the various bits and pieces but overall it was nice to be able to give something back and say thank you.”

Julie Fisher, play specialist, said: “This will be the unit’s last summer at Frenchay Hospital - ahead of our move to the Bristol Children’s Hospital in spring next year - and we wanted it to be a special one.

“Before the revamp this garden was not very accessible to our patients, particularly those in wheelchairs. We’re all hoping the weather will be kind to us and we get out in the fresh air and enjoy this wonderful space.

“On behalf of everyone on the ward, I’d like to thank Megan for all her hard work. The children have really enjoyed working with her to create some of the pieces on display.”

DHL have also supported the project by donating just over £300 to Megan for materials and equipment.