Summer Festival, St George’s Park

In August 2023, Specialist Occupational Therapist Lee received funding from SHINE to run a summer festival for patients and carers at St George’s Park.

Lots of staff from across the site got involved and it was a great day filled with music and fun activities including jewellery making, giant lawn games, hook a duck, face painting, sports games and more. There were a number of health and wellbeing stalls which provided a great opportunity for patients and carers to find out more about different initiatives and offers.

“G Fest fostered a renewed sense of community and belonging, bolstering the participants’ self-esteem and promoting social interactions. It allowed carers to be part of the event and see for themselves the different types of activities and support that is happening in the hospital and local community,” – Lee Samuel, Specialist Occupational Therapist.

Collage of photos from the 'G Fest' Summer Festival featuring staff and stalls on the day

The festival was made possible through funding from the Trust’s SHINE charity. Lee submitted a bid which was successful and received a budget to fund everything needed for the event.

The SHINE fund not only enabled the provision of necessary resources and support to allow the G Fest festival to take place, but it also brought about a profound sense of inclusion and empowerment to our patients.

Lee Samuel, Specialist Occupational Therapist

“Ultimately, the charity money positively influenced the festival and contributed to the whole day being a great success and an experience to remember with patients engaging in meaningful, enjoyable, and collaborative experiences.”

It allowed Lee to tailor experiences that catered to the unique needs of patients, ensuring accessibility, comfort and an inclusive environment. The event included a fundraising stall for SHINE and all money raised at the event went back into the fund so that it can continue to support other great patient wellbeing events and activities.