Skydiving to support NHS client Lancashire Care Foundation Trust
Michael Buck, OCS General Manager, at OCS client Lancashire Care Foundation Trust, will be doing a skydive with the Black Knights to raise funds to help support the client’s Grow Your Own Initiative at Guild Park, Lancashire Care Foundation Trust. OCS has also supported this project by donating bees and bee-keeping equipment, chickens and zebra finches. The bees have enabled the project to produce higher quality and better tasting produce and will continue to make a real difference to the environment and crops in the coming years.
Mike, who will skydive on Saturday, 18 March says ‘I am doing this skydive with `a little apprehension` - but I`m determined to help make a difference’.
The Grow Your Own Project is valued by the service users at Guild Park, who commented - ‘Since I first started myself and other service users have developed the site for people to relax and enjoy their surroundings and found it good to work by myself or as a team to fulfil any task that may be required.’
‘I also find it beneficial for me to get my exercise rather than using the gym or other exercise activities, I also feel that doing the Grow Your Own gives me structure through the week and gives me the confidence to find employment in the future.’
A recent CQC Audit report underlined the benefits of the project - ‘Grow Your Own is a large allotment style project encompassing various aspects of gardening such as fruit and vegetable growing, flower growing, an aviary, fish pond, green houses, relaxing areas and mini-golf. The project endeavours to be inclusive and is available to local school and community groups as well as patients and staff. Patients can be involved in many aspects of gardening at any level. Patients involved in the project spoke about the relaxing and rewarding nature of the work. Patients are encouraged to take ownership of the project and build and design their own creations. Patients have opportunities to gain qualifications and two patients were employed and paid by the trust for their horticultural work. Patients described having improved self-esteem, motivation and hope for the future from being involved in the project. Patients could see how their efforts were appreciated as the food produced is used in the hospital kitchens and sold to staff and members of the local community.’
To support Mike in his fund-raising, the Just Giving link is in the name of Elizabeth Harrison (LCFT Grow Your Own Lead), with monies raised going directly to help improve patient wellbeing at Lancashire Care.