Hearts & Minds relies on funding and donations from trusts and foundations for a large percentage of the funds required to deliver the Clowndoctor and Elderflower Programmes across Scotland. So we were delighted to receive the news that The Robertson Trust would like to continue to help fund us and in particular our Elderflower Programme. The Elderflowers visit ladies and gents across Scotland who are living with dementia and deliver structured programmes that help improve their wellbeing.

Pip Quinn, Fundraising Officer for Hearts & Minds said: We are thrilled at Hearts & Minds to receive on-going funding from The Robertson Trust for our Elderflowers Programme throughout Scotland. The grant will be utilised to deliver visits which offer creative, physical and mental stimulation and to help relatives and staff achieve a better connection with people living with dementia. Thank you to all the team at The Robertson Trust for their long standing unwavering kindness and support of our charity over many years.

The Elderflowers share experiences with us after they have completed a visit and we like to share these with you as they give an insight into the impact a visit from the Elderflowers has for these ladies and gentlemen.

Here is a recent sharing from Buddy & Lily Elderflower following a visit to Borders General Hospital.

” Today we had a lovely visit with a lady we’ve been seeing for years. She has become very poorly physically and we’ve not been able to see her the past couple of times. Today a member of staff was sitting with her in her room, holding her hand. The door was open and the member of staff invited us in. The lady opened her eyes and smiled at each of us in turn then closed her eyes. We sang a song to her using her name and towards the end she opened her eyes with a clear gaze and smiled again. The nurse said thanks so much for making her smile.”

Thanks again to The Robertson Trust for their generous support.

Watch our short film about the Elderflowers