Summer Festival fun is covered

The whole country has suffered under the unending deluge of summer rain – and today’s annual Summer Festival at the Bracton Centre, our medium secure mental health hospital, was no exception.

However, forward thinking organisers took into account the rain soaked ground, the heavy morning shower and the prospect of more afternoon downpours (which happened) and sensibly decided to set up in the centre’s sports hall instead.

There was a really good atmosphere in the hall with various stalls selling products, mostly made by service users, and some delicious refreshments too.

Clinical Team Leader, Danson Clinic, Antony Hawkins and Therapeutic Working Day (TWD) Coordinator, Marlene Corke were behind the stall that normally sets up at Greenwich Market each month. It boasted wares made exclusively by service users, including some fantastic art in frames also made by Bracton residents.

TWD Coordinator, Emily Manners and Occupational Therapist (OT) Natalie Boorman brought a touch of glamour to the Sew Crafty Group stall, which was selling superbly embroidered Tote bags.

Modern Matron, Bill Stewart, was making some wonderful refreshing drinks on the smoothie stall, while Sub-Directorate Lead OT, Jenny Eldred, was selling raffle tickets to win some cuddly bears.

A total of £348.25 was raised from the food and drink & arts stalls - £81.70 of this was raised for the Greenwich Market Stall

It has been agreed that the remaining £266.55 will be donated to Reflections Art in Health Charity this year. This charity works to showcase the creative talents of people with mental health problems and, later in the year, the Trust will be supporting the Park Art 2012 fundraising event which the charity is organising Nationwide to celebrate the visual and performing arts. For more info you can go to

Published on 11th July 2012