Coldharbour’s Corner Surgery Crowdfunder Success

12 March 2020

Written by: Lambeth Council

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The Corner Surgery can continue gardening sessions for patients with new funds from the community and Crowdfund Lambeth.

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Coldharbour’s Corner Surgery Crowdfunder Success

Latest project to gain matchfunding from Lambeth Crowdfunder to add to the total raised through community crowdfunding is The Corner Surgery Wellbeing Gardening Sessions. The Surgery asked local people to dig in for £2,000 to enable patients to continue to experience weekly gardening sessions that mprove their health and wellbeing.

Part of the Co-op

The Surgery is a relatively small GP surgery in a deprived area of SE London, Coldharbour Lane. In 2014 they joined the Lambeth GP Food Coop  which builds gardens for GP surgeries where patients garden and grow vegetables together. Over the years, patients with mental health issues and various physical disabilities have clearly benefited from gardening sessions.

Overcoming isolation

corner surgery gardening sessions

Gardening sessions at the Corner Surgery help patients with physical and mental wellbeing

However, sadly, the initial funding has diminished and the vision moving forward was to pay a professional gardener to run the sessions and buy supplies, tools and general continue the weekly sessions for patients, so that those in most need of this community service can avoid feeling isolated and alone.

Targets hit

The campaign ran for 85 days and successfully raised £2,235 with 48 supporters, reaching its target on Valentine’s Day. Lambeth added in £902. The extra money can now be spent on flowers, seeds, compost, a water butt, tools and additional labour to help continue the gardening sessions and develop patients’ wellbeing.

More information

Crowdfund Lambeth is a platform to support community projects making our borough a unique place to live, work, learn and do business. The project must demonstrate that it has strong local support shown through a vibrant crowdfunding campaign.

To be considered for match-funding from Lambeth Council, the project will need to meet some simple criteria and must contribute to one or more of the borough plan priorities:

  • Sustainable growth: a growing economy that everyone benefits from.
  • Resilient communities: communities that are thriving and connected.
  • Promote care and independence: people have support to live well and independently.
  • Place: Make Lambeth a place people want to live, work and invest.

If you have a project or initiative and want to find if you’re eligible for match-funding, you can see our criteria and apply online