MEMBERS of a Wrexham football club have been helping to spruce up a garden for dementia patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Bellevue FC coach Christopher Leany visited the hospital's Morris Ward on Thursday with players Nathan Hauten, Jordan Wright and Colin Latham.

Together they helped to improve furniture in an outdoor space used by the ward's patients.

Lisa Speed, activities coordinator at the hospital, looks after dementia patients on the ward.

She said: "A few years ago we had some bespoke wooden furniture made, but with the winter it's been getting a bit covered in algae and the garden has also become a bit overgrown. "We have been trying to sort it out when we can, but time is always against us. "I put something on Facebook to ask if there was anyone willing to volunteer to help us with it and the coach of Bellevue FC kindly got in touch and said he would come down with some of his team.

"A company called D&D Maintenance also donated £100 towards getting some paint and I had various people messaging me offering other help which was very kind.

"So the Bellevue FC team have been here tidying the garden up and repainting - we would really like to thank them for their help. "Even though we have this situation, we have a lot of mobile dementia patients and we try to keep things normal for them and keep engaging with them. "We do our best to make them as comfortable as possible and they really enjoy the garden. "It has been lovely for them to see the work going on through their windows and it will be great for us to go out there again when it gets a bit nicer so they can engage in some gardening activities."