Orthopaedic hospital in bloom

A plant sale to benefit patients of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) will be held on Wednesday, 12 May 2010.

Proceeds of the sale will go towards the upkeep of the RNOH's therapy garden, a specialist therapy area for patients with spinal injuries, limited mobility, chronic pain, amputees or those recovering from surgery for new joints.

Viv Williamson, Horticultural Therapist, offers patients a wide range of activities to improve posture and pacing, balance and stamina, manual dexterity, concentration and confidence.

Miss Williamson said: "We hold regular plant sales at the RNOH to raise funds to maintain the garden, purchase specialist tools and provide new gardening opportunities for our patients.

"The therapy garden introduces patients to gardening as a new hobby or revitalises it for those whose disability or pain has led them to believe their gardening days were over."

A variety of plants will be on sale in the Patients' Centre, at the RNOH, Stanmore from 10.00 until 15.00 and the public is invited along to support the event.

The garden is funded through regular plant sales and other activities at the hospital. The patients also become involved in fundraising through potting plants, sowing seeds and caring for plants for sale.

For further information contact: The Communications Department on 020 8909 5349

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