Cash boost for planned sensory garden at Melton’s Gretton Court

The Friends of Gretton Court received a �500 donation from the 2014 Make It Happen Fund towards the sensory garden. Pictured here at the awards night with the certificate are Friends of Gretton Court treasurer Dawn Hall and husband Simon'''LH2159-15 : �Lionel Heap : Ragdale Hall Make it Happen 2014 EMN-150324-133211001
The Friends of Gretton Court received a �500 donation from the 2014 Make It Happen Fund towards the sensory garden. Pictured here at the awards night with the certificate are Friends of Gretton Court treasurer Dawn Hall and husband Simon'''LH2159-15 : �Lionel Heap : Ragdale Hall Make it Happen 2014 EMN-150324-133211001
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A planned sensory garden which will be used by the frail and elderly in Melton has been given a cash injection.

The Friends of Gretton Court have received £1,300 from Leicestershire County Council’s Shires Community Grant Scheme towards building the garden at the extra care facility situated in Egerton View, Leicester Road.

The Friends of Gretton Court plan to build Sensory Garden at the Extra Care facility PHOTO: Supplied

The Friends of Gretton Court plan to build Sensory Garden at the Extra Care facility PHOTO: Supplied

The total funds for the project now stand at £5,500. There’s still a large gap to the £25,000 target but this latest donation takes them closer to the £10,000 they need to build a rubberised pathway as the first step of the project in summer.

The Friends also received a £500 donation towards the sensory garden from the 2014 Make It Happen Awards - organised by the Melton Times - which saw Ragdale Hall provide a whole host of groups and causes with a share of a £10,000 community chest.

Allen Thwaites, chairman of The Friends of Gretton Court, said: “A sensory garden is designed specifically to be safe and promote health and well-being in the frail and elderly. It’s not only a pleasant place to sit and enjoy but is successful at enhancing life for those with movement, sight and memory problems.

“It’s especially successful with increasing the quality of life for those that have dementia or Alzheimer’s. “It promotes exercise and is a great place for those that wish to have a place to revive their gardening skills.”

If you can help donate towards or sponsor them garden or volunteer your time to help contact the Friends of Gretton Court on (01664) 500540.