Weʼre raising £1,300,000 to Build King's Critical Care Centre Roof Garden in Memory of Charles Crawley 26.12.1945 - 1.02.2018
- London, UK
- Health and medical
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King's College Hospital Doctors and Nurses are creating a World-First Garden for Intensive Care Patients dependant on Life-Support Equipment.
Amongst planting, piped medical gasses with power and data points will support machinery, allowing us to provide life-support and simultaneously deliver a true "Dose of Nature."
Intensive Care Patients are the sickest in the hospital, often comatose, semiconscious and delirious. Many feel isolated, without control and deprived of natural light. It can be a terrifying experience for both patients and their families. This new garden will allow access to fresh air and natural light routinely, safely and much earlier in the course of their recovery, mirroring the latest evidence showing early rehabilitation improves patient outcomes and reduces risks of delirium.
In 1860, Florence Nightingale said, "Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, colour and light, we do know this, that they do have an actual physical effect." Her philosophy informed the design of Victorian Hospitals, including King's, resulting in large windows, balconies and gardens.
Sadly, with the introduction of artificial light and air conditioning, these precious green spaces have now been lost to building, due to the demands on the health care and pressures on urban space. King's used to have a bridge connecting the hospital to the park.
To bring back a therapeutic green space is a dream for the Intensive Care Team. Access to fresh air and natural light will provide a much-needed sense of normality, stimulation and reconnection with the outside world-all while still providing essential life-saving care.
We are very lucky to have Nigel Dunnett as part of the team, A multiple award winner at the RHS Flower Show who has designed remarkable gardens, including at the 2012 London Olympics.
We're halfway towards the Charity's appeal for £2.6m to help make these plans a reality. In loving memory of Charles Crawley.
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Mar 16, 2018
Would like to support you in this, with a small donation towards a good cause.
Sophie Lane Fox
Mar 15, 2018
Such a wonderful cause and amazing way to remember Charles. Lots and Lots of love, Sophie xxxxx
Mar 15, 2018
My condolences and very best wishes Nicola. I really hope you reach your target.
Mar 13, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of your husband's death, but what a wonderful project you are creating in his memory.All the very bestVirginia
Nicola, Thomas and Rosanna
Mar 12, 2018
With love and so many heartfelt thanks, especially to Dr Tom Best, Dr Shehana Uddin, and all those carrying out such wonderful, caring and affectionate work on Jack Steinberg Ward.
Mar 12, 2018
C, T, X & M
Mar 12, 2018
Dear Nicola, Not surprising that you would could up with this wonderful initiative. With much love to you - you brave, beautiful, warm, thoughtful and kind person. You are an example to us. Love,
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Charles slipped away after a brave fight of 3 years. His determination not to let his tetraplegic state get the better of him will long be remembered by those who cared from him, family & friends. We are forever grateful to the Doctors and Nurses of Jack Steinberg Ward.
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