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4th February 2016

Lauren Takes A Hike For Dementia Care!

Many people get involved in fundraising for a number of reasons, for Lauren Geddes it is partly driven by the fact that her mother is the acting chief executive of Mid Essex Hospitals but also because she has been so impressed by the impressive care and treatment the hospital provides for people suffering from dementia.

So this April Lauren will walk over 2,650 miles across the Pacific Crest Trail.

Lauren, 21, will begin by starting at the Mexican border, passing through California, Oregon and Washington states before reaching the Canadian border. The trip will cover deserts, forests, snow covered passes, alpine ridges and many mountainous areas whilst confronting many challenges and obstacles including rattlesnakes, coyotes and even bears!

Lauren will be joined on the trek by her boyfriend Charlie Knight, who is himself raising funds for the mental health charity, SANE.

Lauren said:

"The Mid Essex Charity Foundation is currently looking to build a therapeutic garden for individuals who are living with dementia have somewhere to sit and enjoy. It’s proven that therapeutic gardens have the potential to reduce the level of stress that some  individuals can experience when  they are admitted to hospital.

The reason I chose this charity was because I knew the positive effect the garden and the day rooms would have on the patients overall care. There is a lot of evidence supporting therapy gardens and showing the improved outcomes and shortened admission times for patients living with dementia who have used these gardens. I am hiking the Pacific Crest Trail because I have always loved hiking and being out in the wilderness, and I actually go away every summer and work in America as a wilderness trip leader, something I have been doing for the last five years”.

The garden will be a place for patients and their carers to visit to take a break from the the clinical environment. There will also be a variety of flowers and sensory experiences for the patients to enjoy as well as interactive group therapy.

Good luck Lauren, and put your best foot forward! You can help support Lauren's fundraising and our Mid Essex Hospitals Charity by going on to JustGiving at: