The Soldiers’ Charity digs deep to support HighGround

Captain Haydn Ayres, a beneficiary of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and HighGround with Carol Sales

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has recently given a grant to HighGround to assist with the continuation of its Horticultural Therapy service for patients at Headley Court.

Anna Baker Cresswell, Development Director at HighGround said: “We are extremely grateful to The Soldiers’ Charity for their recent grant in support of HighGround’s Horticultural Therapy service for the DMRC’s patients at Headley Court. The Soldiers’ Charity has provided precious funding since the pilot started in February 2013, and the Horticultural Therapy service is now fully integrated into the range of rehab interventions available to clinicians at Headley Court for their patients.”

In addition, the gardens which Carol Sales, HighGround’s Horticultural Therapist, has developed are now used as a therapeutic environment by staff.  Patients are referred to Horticultural Therapy by their Occupational Therapist to increase standing tolerance, for diversion from pain, improving fine motor skills and much more. Patients report feeling calmer after sessions of Horticultural Therapy.

A recent patient commented: “Horticultural Therapy has helped me with functional skills such as bending and picking things up from different heights. You find yourself talking to other patients as a bit of self-therapy too, it’s good to offer others an ear to just listen. I have vastly improved physically and emotionally. I’d overlooked my emotional needs to concentrate on the physical”

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