1st Holmes Chapel Scouts Group participated in a group activity to help support Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity new ‘Everybody Knows Somebody’ Dementia Appeal. The Dane Cubs, part of 1st Holmes Chapel Scouts Group, were asked to design a hundred butterflies, which will be used for people to make pledges and then displayed in the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity ‘Remember Me’ Garden at this years’ RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

The ‘Remember Me’ Garden, created by Jane Bingham and Penny Hearn of The Cheshire Garden, aims to raise awareness of dementia and its effects amongst the people of Cheshire and their families. Currently, there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. In 2013/14 Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust cared for 1,382 patients, who had either dementia or a cognitive impairment. In 2014/15 this number increased to 1,941 patients and in 2015/16 the number rose again to 2,237 individuals with dementia or a cognitive impairment cared for at Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Cheshire. With statistics increasing, there is a demand to raise awareness about dementia to Cheshire families and advise them about the care available.

Akela, 1st Holmes Chapel Scouts Group, Dane Cubs, Alison Wright comments, “We were delighted to help Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity with their beautiful butterflies for their show garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. The cubs recently undertook a Dementia Friends information session, so the timing is perfect.” Alison continues, “As a community group, we are proud to offer our support. Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity is very relevant because they help support healthcare centres that all Mid and South Cheshire families will benefit from.”

Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity Manager, Laura Riddle comments, “We are very grateful to Alison and 1st Holmes Chapel Scouts Group, Dane Cubs for their support with decorating our pledge butterflies.” Laura continues, “We are very excited about our ‘Remember Me’ show garden developed by Jane and Penny of The Cheshire Garden and hope that a lot people will come and visit us and pledge their support. The butterflies have been chosen as representative of Cheshire and transformation, which we have also used for our new master brand”.

The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is one of the North West’s highlights of the social and horticultural calendar. Set in many acres of magnificent parkland, the show offers a fabulous day out for visitors of all ages, with around 80,000 people visiting each year. This year’s show runs from Wednesday 19th July (RHS members only) until Sunday 23rd July. Tickets are available via the RHS website here.

The project has already received support through corporate and materials sponsorship and a particular special thank you goes to our headline sponsor 4YourHome Part of the Qualtex Global Group and also to  County Homesearch Northwest, Dixon, Rigby, Keogh Solicitors and the BNI Holmes Chapel group.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity and the team behind the ‘Remember Me’ Garden would be grateful for additional support for the project from members of the local community. Whether a local business, group or individual you can support the garden by visiting the Just Giving page here.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity raises funds to make a fantastic difference to patients, their families and staff at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. From the moments leading from birth to the elderly, Mid Cheshire Hospitals supports all the family health needs in Mid and South Cheshire. Through fundraising activities, charitable donations, legacies and voluntary support, Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity aims to enhance the provision of first-class healthcare at Leighton Hospital (Crewe), Victoria Infirmary (Northwich) and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre (Winsford). The money raised by Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity contributes to projects such as funding state-of-the-art equipment and rebuilding and refurbishing parts of the Hospital.