1 in 3

individuals over 65 years old will develop some form of dementia.


We all need support

Our Everybody Knows Somebody Dementia Appeal will aim to raise

£1.5 million to provide:

  • A dementia friendly welcome area, lounge and garden in our Care of the Elderly Ward.
  • Changes to the social areas within our Rehabilitation Unit, aimed at promoting independence and supporting the well-being of people living with dementia.
  • Dementia friendly cubicles in our Accident & Emergency Department.
  • Improvements that will enhance our healing environment across the organisation, such as signage, flooring, furnishings and décor.
This will aim to deliver a dementia friendly environment for better enhanced patient care at Leighton Hospital. Dementia and cognitive impairment is increasing across the UK and has a massive impact on 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.



We will be raising funds for the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity ‘Remember Me’ show garden at the RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park. 

Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity’s RHS show garden , entitled the ‘Remember Me’ Garden, raises awareness of the effects of dementia amongst the people of Cheshire and their families. We aim to educate Cheshire families on the direct impact of dementia on every person in the family and inform families about the care available for Cheshire residents at Leighton Hospital’s dementia care facilities.

The design concept of the show garden focuses on evoking memories in order to enhance the person with dementia’s experience of their environment and reduce agitation and distress. The designers have looked to create a ‘home from home’ outdoor space where people with dementia or a cognitive impairment can enjoy the freedom to be themselves.

From the garden created for the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2017, elements will be transported to Leighton Hospital after the event to be enjoyed by all dementia patients and their families.

Visitors to the garden at the show will experience a memory shed called the ‘Room of Reminiscence’, which contains items in glass containers such as sea shells, old seed packets, marbles and garden tools, are design to spark memories by representing the memories of the past and happy times during childhood. The actual planting represents the deterioration of the mind – at one side of the garden the planting will be organised in large colourful drifts which gradually become more faded and muddled, ending in a completely mixed up wildflower meadow in correlation with memories of planting styles from the 1960’s and 70’s.

£10 will help towards herbaceous planting.

£20 will go towards a shrub.

£50 will go towards a tree for our ‘Remember Me’ garden.