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Lytham Windmill is a Blooming Success

Posted on the 4th September 2014

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Occupational Therapy Service linked up with Lytham in Bloom after the wooden display needed restoring.

The team, who are based at Guild Lodge, a secure mental health inpatient unit in Goosnargh, Preston, work with community projects across Lancashire, helping service users to develop new and existing skills as part of their rehabilitation and recovery.  One of the team’s volunteers, Trevor Mackey, mentioned the work the service does to the committee at Lytham in Bloom and the partnership came to life.

Roger Slinger, Technical Instructor at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust who was involved with the project said:

“We are always looking for ways to connect with local community projects and this was a great example of partnership working. The project was initiated by Trevor Mackey, who also works with Lytham in Bloom and we were delighted to help out. I met with some service users who wanted to get involved and it took around 40 hours in total to remake the windmill with Trevor’s assistance. Committee members for Lytham in Bloom then assembled the display at the site and Trevor organised the final touches.

“We are thrilled with the final outcome and hope residents and visitors alike in Lytham are able to enjoy the final product.”

Trevor Mackey, who volunteers for Lancashire Care and Lytham in Bloom said:

“I really enjoy volunteering and the sense of pride it delivers knowing you have helped make a difference. Working alongside the team at Guild Lodge, I can see how much the vocational therapy helps the service users with their confidence and aids their recovery. Being able to incorporate their work with community projects really provides a sense of belonging to everyone involved and it was a pleasure to be able to restore the display for the local community.”

David Kerr, from Lytham in Bloom said:

“Last year Lytham in Bloom won The Royal Horticultural Society's supreme award, The Champion of Champions Trophy. It was therefore very important that Lytham maintain and even try to improve upon this success. However there was a problem, the iconic Windmill display which forms an integral part of our floral displays in the centre of Lytham was in a very poor state of repair. Guild Lodge came to our rescue. They agreed to recreate the windmill for us and the work they did was truly exceptional, so much so that the windmill, once again, is the centrepiece of our displays in Lytham. Hopefully we can continue to work with Guild Lodge in the future. Thank you Guild Lodge, your contribution to our work in Lytham was awesome.”

If you are interested in volunteering with the Trust, you can find out more about by visiting www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Volunteering-Services

 Photo of the restored windmill in Lytham