ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is proud to award Brighterway a grant of £10,000 to landscape the Parklands Hospital Garden.


Brighterway is part of the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, which provides community health, specialist mental health and learning disability services for people across Hampshire. As part of that mission, Brighterway supports projects created by local people and NHS staff to improve the quality of life, wellbeing and independence of patients.

Our grant will enable Brighterway to landscape the Parklands Hospital Garden. Parklands is home to a general inpatient mental health ward, as well as a specialist ward for serving Ministry of Defence (MoD) personnel. Each year, Parklands treats around 85 people from the Armed Forces with mental health conditions. The garden will be sensory-based, providing a private place for quiet contemplation and relaxation. In addition, it will serve patients by providing a space for group therapy sessions.

Ian Hynd, Head of Brighterway Charity for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust commented:

“On behalf of all of us here at Brighterway, I would like to say thank you to ABF The Soldiers Charity. Their generous donation will enable us to move forward with our plans to transform the garden that will play such an important role in rehabilitation and holistic therapy for our patients.”


Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added: “We are pleased to be helping Brighterway build this important garden which will undoubtedly help members of the Army family who will benefit from everything it has to offer.”

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