The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has elected Councillor Mrs Elizabeth Rutherford as the new Mayor, replacing Councillor Robert Freeman.
Choosing the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation as her Mayoral Charity, Cllr Rutherford has said she will focus her work as mayor on “making a difference close to home.” Speaking about the work done by her chosen charity, the new mayor said: “Through helping them in their mission to champion local charities by raising money and securing in-kind donations, I feel that I can bring much needed support to many of our local groups and through them to local people.”
Mayor Rutherford said that she is “keenly aware that the Royal Borough’s strong voluntary sector makes a huge contribution to the quality of life for many of our residents,” adding that RBKC’s many “voluntary organisations deliver specialist services tailor-made to the needs of the diverse groups in our community.”
While visiting two local voluntary groups based in Ladbroke Grove which are supported by the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, the new mayor was thanked for selecting the charity. The Foundation said “we would like to thank the Mayor for choosing us as her Mayoral Charity and we are delighted that the Mayor will be doing all she can in 2016/2017 to help us in our mission to improve local lives.” They further explained that “every penny we raise from the Mayor’s campaign will be passed on to help frontline local work.”
In one of her first acts as Mayor, Cllr Rutherford visited the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to open a new indoor garden for staff and patients.
CW+, the charity responsible for commissioning the new hospital gardens, appointed award winning landscape designer Jinny Blom to design a “relaxing space.” Called the ‘CW+ Greenhaven’, the indoor garden is a “restorative and calming area of the hospital for patients, their families and hospital staff.”
Jinny Blom says: “For a garden to be pleasing it has to be comfortable and accessible.” Mrs Blom explained, by thinking about how it might be used they “designed a multidimensional park” which is “sociable or private as the circumstances demand.”
Trystan Hawkins, Patient Experience Director for CW+ says: “We are thrilled with the garden which Jinny has so carefully designed. There is a wealth of research which demonstrates how natural environments have a real impact on patient’s wellbeing, recovery and mood. Many of our patients are unable to leave the hospital, often for prolonged lengths of time, so having this space of tranquillity and nature will be a great addition”.