A garden of remembrance providing a peaceful, reflective space to remember local people who have sadly lost their lives due to COVID-19 has been created by staff at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

In keeping with the symbol of hope used throughout the pandemic, the courtyard space at the Trust’s Dementia Assessment Unit, at Lynfield Mount Hospital, is now filled with the colours of the rainbow.

Jane Bridges, Occupational Therapist on the Dementia Assessment Unit who has led the project said: “It’s been a big team effort which we started in February. We thought it would be a fitting tribute to provide a place of reflection and calm in memory of those we have sadly lost.

“The area is a secure outdoor area which now provides the patients on our unit with a peaceful sensory experience which can really compliment their care.”

With support from the Trust Charity, the Estates team got to work digging out old trees, shrubs and weeds to plant numerous bulbs and flowers which when in flower are in the colours of the rainbow.

Mark Hudson, Estates Officer at the Trust, said “Jane approached us with her idea for the rainbow garden and through leading with her drive and ambition the courtyard has been turned into a beautiful space that is a credit to her and the team.”

Anne Marie Black, whose father was cared for on the Dementia Assessment Unit prior to him passing away in April 2020, due a combination of health issues and COVID-19, welcomed the garden. Anne Marie said: “My father had Dementia for a long time, but this period of his care was the most positive due to the approach of the Dementia Assessment Unit.

We have fond memories of his time with the Trust and being able to go to a garden will be a great place for us to reflect.”

The unit is hoping to hold a formal opening event later this summer.