Maidstone Hospital receives helping hand towards summer initiatives from local housebuilder

Maidstone Hospital’s charity, MTW Hospitals Charity has welcomed a £2,000 donation from Barratt David Wilson Homes, a local housebuilder who has recently unveiled ‘The Poppies’ development just minutes down the road in Aylesford. The donation has gone towards supporting three of the Charity’s initiatives for this summer: furniture for the Emergency Department Psychiatric Assessment Room; a support group for young patients and their carers with gastrointestinal problems; and aiding the monthly dementia café for patients and their carers living with dementia.

Maidstone Hospital is part of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, which provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in West Kent and East Sussex. Split into three, Barratt David Wilson Homes’ donation has enabled the Trust to purchase new chairs and a sofa to enhance its Psychiatric Assessment Room within the Emergency Department alongside activities to allow children and careers to come together and support each other through the world of a gastrointestinal diagnosis as a child and young person and to set up and run a new monthly dementia café for patient and carers within the Hospital, providing activities at themed monthly get-togethers together with refreshments within the Hospital Chapel.

Phil Hurring, Marketing Manager at Barratt David Wilson Southern Counties, comments: “We wanted to make a difference to those who are most vulnerable in the local community and are pleased to hear how our donation will help three of the Hospital’s projects to enhance the positive experience for patients. The support Maidstone Hospital provides to patients is invaluable and we wanted to recognise this with our support.”

Natalie Perry, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt David Wilson Kent, comments: “We are incredibly grateful that our donation has been distributed to the heart of Maidstone Hospital and will ensure these projects have stable funding over the next year. The Hospital is central to the local community, and will be of great importance to our residents when they start moving in from the beginning of next year, which is why we hope this support will allow the staff to continue providing their fantastic services to those who are in need in the local area.”

Claire Ashby, Head of Charity and Fundraising at MTW Hospitals Charity, comments: “These three initiatives allow us to provide additional help and support to our patients and carers here in Maidstone, and we are grateful for the support given by Barratt David Wilson Homes to allow these to continue fully funded over the next few months. Support from local businesses makes a huge difference and allows us to provide that extra level of support outside our core NHS services. We were able to update our furniture in our Psychiatric Assessment Room to improve the environment for staff and patients, ensure a continued support group for our younger patients and establish a new dementia café that will support patients and carers with the extra activities we can now include!”

The Poppies will offer a range of new homes, from three-bedroom to four-bedroom homes, with a 60/40 split of private and social affordable homes, and the first residents are poised to move in at the start of 2024. Both Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes are set to launch from their respective new sales suites, as well as unveiling two new show homes each, by the end of this year.