Gar­den feels like home

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

ROBINA Crook feels at home in na­ture.

The breast can­cer pa­tient from the eastern Wheat­belt has wel­comed a new out­door gar­den area as part of the So­lar­isCare Foun­da­tion at Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal.

Ms Crook said it would give pa­tients a fa­mil­iar place of soli­tude for re­flec­tion and re­lax­ation.

“I am from the coun­try so I re­ally love be­ing in na­ture, so as much as pos­si­ble I tried to go over to Kings Park, but once I had my chemo, some­times I couldn’t walk,” Ms Crook said.

“It would have been re­ally lovely just to know I had a place to sit for half-an-hour or 20 min­utes... to try calm my mind be­cause it is lit­er­ally go­ing 100 miles an hour.”

For years the Foun­da­tion has aimed to ren­o­vate an ex­ist­ing but badly di­lap­i­dated out­door area, but a lack of funds and as­sis­tance meant it was un­able to.

Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive David Ed­wards said a re­cent col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween mem­bers of the John Curtin Lead­er­ship Academy, Mas­ters Home Im­prove­ment and funds from the Dry July cam­paign had made it pos­si­ble.

“We’ve got one of the world's best med­i­cal sys­tems and en­vi­ron­ments like this just add value to it and com­ple­ment the health and re­cov­ery ben­e­fits,” Mr Ed­wards said.

“For the peo­ple go­ing through can­cer and their fam­i­lies, it’s also a lit­tle bit of an oa­sis in a hive of ac­tiv­ity that is a hos­pi­tal.”

So­lar­isCare has raised more than $200,000 through the Dry July cam­paign over the past cou­ple of years.

Mr Ed­wards en­cour­aged peo­ple to get in­volved with the cam­paign this year, with funds go­ing to­wards en­hanc­ing the Foun­da­tion’s re­gional fa­cil­i­ties.

To get in­volved, au.dryjuly.com

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Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d439750

Robina Crook has wel­comed a new out­door gar­den at Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal, where she is un­der­go­ing treat­ment for breast can­cer.

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