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Leading journalists volunteer at new sensory garden for elderly people with dementia

'The garden allows members to access memories', says Great Croft Day Centre manager

06 July, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Volunteer Jade Amias, manager Abul Choudhury, volunteer Ann Treneman and staff member Alexandra Pralea

A SENSORY garden for elderly people with dementia has been unveiled at a King’s Cross day centre.

The colourful therapeutic space at Great Croft Day Centre has lots of herbs and flowers to stimulate memories. New walkways encourage exercise that can relieve tension.

The garden, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Charles Phu, was put together by volunteers, among them senior staff at The Times, Guardian and Observer newspapers. Centre manager Abul Choudhury said: “It’s a really special place right in the heart of King’s Cross. The garden allows members to access memories.”

The £170,000 cost was met by donations to Age UK Camden from Camden Council, the Wolfson Foundation, St Andrew’s Holborn Trust, St Giles in the Fields and Bloomsbury United Charity, Rothschilds and an anonymous donor.

The Times theatre critic Ann Treneman, who volunteers at the centre, was at the opening. “It was thrilling to see people enjoying the sound of water, the smell of herbs, the love of colour and the recognition of old favourites such as roses,” she wrote in her paper.

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