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Coldharbour memorial

(L-R) The Coldharbour Hospital memorial stone before and after restoration. (Credit: Appleby & Childs.)

FOLD (Friends of Learning Disabled), which has been supporting and enhancing the lives of people with learning disabilities in North Dorset since 1955, recently commissioned a restoration of the Coldharbour Hospital memorial stone, which is situated in Sherborne Cemetery. The memorial stone is one of only a few references to the devastating hospital fire, which claimed 30 lives back in 1972, and had become weathered and illegible over time.

Coldharbour Hospital was a fundamental part of the FOLD’s heritage and its memory continues to shape the way it offers support today, so FOLD committee member Monica Atkinson arranged for Yeovil-based Appleby & Childs to carry out the repair.

The fire not only saw the end of this wonderful facility but claimed many lives too, so the FOLD’s members felt it important to restore the memorial stone to honour the victims and capture this moment in time, which affected so many people locally.

Mike

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L-R Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, Amy Brice, director at Freshly Ground PR, Dr Andrea Keltey from FOLD, Christine Stevens, chair of FOLD, Eddie Trim, secretary of FOLD and Barry Watts, coordinator of The Green Shed, which is based at Castle Gardens and receives financial support from FOLD.

L-R Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, Amy Brice, director at Freshly Ground PR, Dr Andrea Keltey from FOLD, Christine Stevens, chair of FOLD, Eddie Trim, secretary of FOLD and Barry Watts, coordinator of The Green Shed, which is based at Castle Gardens and receives financial support from FOLD.

Tea, cake and bubbles helped get FOLD’s 60th anniversary celebration underway on Tuesday. Set up in 1955, FOLD is a very inspirational charity, supporting and enhancing the lives of people with learning disabilities in North Dorset.

It was an absolute pleasure to host the celebrations and hear all about the innovative projects that the volunteers have carried out, from helping individuals overcome personal hurdles to assisting them with moving onto independence with items for their new home, such as cookers, carpets and the hire of a removal van.

The celebrations welcomed local businesses and residents from across the community, as well as representatives and service-users from the organisations that receive support from FOLD. One of these organisations is The Green Shed, which is based at Castle Gardens and run by Tricuro and offers hands-on working opportunities for adults with learning difficulties.

We wish FOLD a very happy birthday and many more to come.

Mike

For more information about joining FOLD, donating or to find out more about the support that FOLD provides in North Dorset, please contact Eddie Trim, secretary, at foldnorthdorset@hotmail.co.uk.  

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