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RehabCare Thurles Open Sensory Garden

15/07/2014

RehabCare now has its own sensory garden thanks to the generous fundraising efforts of many local people. The therapeutic garden on the grounds of the resource centre in Stradavoher was officially opened on Friday last (11 July) by Michael Walsh, lead fundraiser and father of Cian Walsh who lives in RehabCare’s Tús Nua residential service.

The garden will promote health and wellness for the 12 people with disabilities who use the services provided by RehabCare in Stradavoher. The garden features a range of flowers and plants, a water feature and several seating areas.  It will provide a calm, peaceful area full of light, colour and sound which will both stimulate and soothe the senses.

Colleen O’Sullivan, Residential Services Manager, RehabCare said “This is an important resource for everyone especially those with physical and sensory disabilities. They will no longer have to travel to other centres to avail of the therapeutic benefits of using a sensory garden. Spending time everyday in the garden will be great for them in terms of relaxation, calming someone’s mood and developing their senses.”

The garden was fully funded through fundraising events that included an 8k ‘Eammon a Chnoic Loop’ walk in Upperchurch and a cheese and wine reception at the screening of ‘The Way’ in LIT. These were all organized by Michael Walsh, who himself spent three months on a sponsored walk on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. These events combined raised just under €5,000.

RehabCare would like to thank a number of local business: Thurles Lyons Club and Thurles Rotary Club for their continued support with fundraising; Frank Nally from Dundrum Garden Centre for the design, materials and labour; artist Philip Quinn for the water feature; Costcutters; Hannifins; Ladbrokes; and the ladies from Thurles Golf Club. Thanks also goes to the students in Coláiste Mhuire , Coláiste Eile and Thurles Community Training Centre for their support over the last six months.

The garden in Tús Nua Residential Service on the Stradavoher grounds has also been developed- with a water feature, swing and fully insulated man shed.  The family and friends of the late Phil Troy donated a wonderful summerhouse for Shaloms garden. Phil’s family, friends, volunteers, service users and staff painted the summerhouse and planted the garden led by Phil’s husband and staff member Liam Galvin.

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For more information: Colleen O’Sullivan, Residential Services Manager, RehabCare: 086 0450474 /colleen.osullivan@rehabcare.ie

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