As part of their continued support for our charity, Rugby Group Benevolent Fund Trustee, Ian Southcott presented New Directions with a cheque for £10,000 toward the sensory garden at our latest supported living development, Richmond Court. This garden will provide the people who live there with the ability to engage in activities that stimulate the senses; such as gardening, exploring nature and enjoying the attractive environment designed for accessibility to everyone’s needs. The community, multi-sensory garden will be an experience to be enjoyed by tenants and visitors alike.

The sensory garden will include structures and features that will heighten the senses of sight, smell, touch, sound and taste. It will consist of paved areas, raised beds for flowers, herbs and vegetables, a water feature, wind and wall chimes, interactive materials, mosaics and wall art. Supported living at Richmond Court with the addition of this interactive garden will develop independence skills, build positive relationships and give choices to tenants so that they can live their lives the way they want to.

Ian Southcott said, “This is the second grant we have had the pleasure in providing to New Directions (Rugby) in the past couple of years. The work they do is fantastic and you only have to visit their various premises to see the love and support extended to the residents.”

Established in 1955, The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund supports employees, previous employees of Rugby Cement and their dependants. It has extended its interests over the years to include community projects and charitable causes such as New Directions. These beneficiaries are situated near to where Rugby Cement plants once operated. Rugby Cement plants have now closed or have been absorbed by Cemex UK.

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