Hospital receives generous donation from Retford company in support of ‘Rainbow Garden’ appeal

An appeal to create two memorial gardens at the Trust to remember those in our local communities we have lost to Covid-19 has been boosted by a £1,500 donation from Shedcetra Ltd of Retford.

The idea for the ‘Rainbow Gardens’ came following the deaths from Covid-19 of two members of Team DBTH, Kevin Smith and Dr Medhat Atalla.  There has never been a more important time to provide these much needed outdoor spaces giving colleagues, patients and visitors a peaceful and tranquil space to go for relaxation and reflection.

The gardens will be developed at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Bassetlaw Hospital and this donation from Shedcetra Ltd takes the total donated to the appeal so far to a whopping £30,000.

Paul Haslam, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, who worked with Kevin and Dr Atalla, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Shedcetra, as well as so many other local businesses. Dr Atalla and Kev Smith will be greatly missed by everybody at the Trust and the local community. After speaking to both families and also colleagues who have worked with them it was felt the creation of a memorial garden in their honour will be a fitting legacy and I think they would be pleased that it will be something that would put a smile on people’s faces and would benefit colleagues and the local community.  Improving our outdoor spaces will also help to ease some of the pressure on our colleagues giving them a place to go to reflect and recharge.”

Alice Brackenbury, Shedcetra Ltd Office Manager, said: “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals for all they are doing during these difficult times. Our family has used the services of the hospital over the years and we have always found the care to be wonderful.   We wanted to donate to an NHS charity and which better one than our local, incredible hospital!”

Since the launch of the appeal in June the Trust has been inundated with offers of donations and support and it is hoped work to transform these spaces will begin as early as September.  For more info :