Children supported by Demelza enjoy sensory garden tour

05 July 2018

Young people supported by Demelza Hospice Care for Children were recently given a special preview of a new attraction at Hever Castle.

Hever Castle and Gardens has extended its garden tours to include a specialist sensory tour. Children from Demelza were invited along to try one of the tours before anyone else, together with people supported by Kent Association for the Blind and the Macular Society.

The sensory tour has a focus on the scent and flavours of the garden. The tour includes rose displays, the chance to enjoy tastings and demonstrations and there are also rose flavoured cakes in the restaurants.

Vicky Tyler, a Children’s Palliative Care Assistant at Demelza, said: “We had a wonderful day at Hever Castle with two of our children. The sensory garden was fabulous with some beautiful colours, fragrances and sounds. There was something to appeal to all the senses . It was lovely for the children we took along who enjoyed a day out in the sunshine. At our hospices in Sittingbourne and Eltham we have sensory rooms but it was great for our young people to have a sensory experience outdoors.”