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Hopewood Appeal

Medical research suggests that spending time outdoors, engaging with nature and participating in eco-therapy has a positive impact on those who experience mental ill health.This project will create a garden within the education unit at Hopewood, a mental health hospital for children and young people

12 weeks

Charity information: Nottingham Hospitals Charity

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  • Need


    Hopewood currently provides support for up to 40 resident patients, the majority of whom all receive their education onsite in the specialist education unit. Mental illness can often block educational development and have a detrimental impact on school experience and achievement. For children and young people experiencing mental ill health the opportunity to be outside during school hours and learn using nature can have a profoundly positive impact on their recovery.


    We are raising funds to create a garden at the education centre at Hopewood. The garden will be used by resident patients who receive their education onsite and be used as both a space for reflection aiding recovery and as an educational tool stimulating learning.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create a school garden for children and young people who are inpatients at Hopewood Hospital


    » Provide playground surfaces, outdoor seating, sports equipment, plants and horticultural equipment, decoration, storage facilities and greenhouses.

    What success will look like

    Usage of the school garden. Feedback from children and young people at Hopewood. Feedback from medical/teaching professionals who support the children and young people at Hopewood

  • Impact


    Resident patients at the Hopewood mental health hospital receive their education onsite. The creation of a garden will allow the children and young people to play outside during break times, provide them with a safe space for reflection and permit eco-therapy.
    This will positively enhance and support their recovery whilst allowing them to maintain a level of normality during a very scary time in their lives.


    All work taking place at Hopewood Hospital will be within strict NHS safety/risk guidelines, led by the hospitals estates/facilities team, and after a detailed risk assessment. There is a small risk there may be a delay in laying the playground surfaces, we are dealing with this by liaising closely with the relevant teams and planning timings in advance.


    Donors will be kept informed via social media, through our bi-annual Pulse newsletter and a regular email update.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Surfaces Soft playground surfaces
      £3,524 Equipment Sports and activity equipment
      £2,134 Storage Garden shed and storage
      £1,042 Furniture Seating, table and benches
      £3,150 Plants horticultural equipment, plants, raised bed kits, soil, fruit trees
      £150 Decoration Paint and wood stain
  • Background


    Hopewood is a new purpose built facility which provides mental health support to children, young people and families. The site hosts an adolescent unit with a new specialist Eating Disorders ward plus a new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit - the first of its kind for the East Midlands. Hopewood also has a perinatal inpatient unit for mothers and their babies from the city and south of county. The two Community teams also see over 6,000 patients a year.


    All the children and young people who receive treatment at Hopewood will benefit from the creation of this garden.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Nottingham Hospitals Charity is the charity at the heart of Nottingham's hospitals. Patients are at the centre of everything we do. We have extensive experience of successfully delivering projects and leading fundraising campaigns from which we raised over £2,000,000 in 2017/18.

    For more information about Nottingham Hospitals Charity please visit

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    Lucy Binch

    Lucy is the Fundraising Manager for the Hopewood Appeal. She has a passion for improving the facilities for those suffering from mental ill health.