M&S Culverhouse Cross Charity of the Year

We recently celebrated the successful charity of the year partnership between Marks & Spencer, Culverhouse Cross and Daffodil Ward at the Llanfair Unit, University Hospital Llandough.

Colleagues from Marks& Spencer were asked to nominate local charities for their annual chosen charity to support, and Daffodil ward at the Llanfair Unit, Llandough was successfully chosen.

Money was raised throughout the year by holding cake sales, raffles, book sales and having charity collection tins at each till point.

Jade Ventis from Marks & Spencer Culverhouse Cross visited Daffodil Ward to present a cheque totalling £4,551.45 to Julie Watts, Ward Manager to help develop the garden area and increase the wellbeing of older adults experiencing mental illness.

Daffodil ward offers nursing care in a therapeutic environment where patients can feel relaxed in order to help the recovery process. Members of staff from the ward have previously raised money to provide a relaxing lounge, a hair and beauty salon, carer’s café and a relaxing dining room.

The donation will help to create a relaxing patio area, a therapeutic plant and herbal garden, vegetable patch and a raised bedding area so that patients can engage in activity that they would ordinarily enjoy at home. A mural painted on the outside wall which will help promote positivity and healing will also be commissioned.

Julie Watts, Ward Manager said “I would like to personally thank Marks and Spencer for their amazing support and raising such a huge amount of money for people who have mental health needs in hospital. The money raised will have a huge impact to patients’ wellbeing and their experience of being in hospital. All the staff and patients are eternally grateful”.

Thank you to everyone who donated and helped raise money at Marks and Spencer, it will make a huge difference and help improve the lives of older people living with a mental illness.