a memorial chapel will open its doors to hold a special service in memory of thousands of patients at a former Leeds hospital.
The Friends of High Royds Memorial Gardens have transformed a field off Buckle Lane, in Menston, into a lasting legacy to thousands of former hospital patients buried in unmarked graves.
The site marks the final resting place of 2,858 patients at the former High Royds Hospital.
The chapel and garden were brought back to life by former patient and campaigner Derek Hutchinson.
Mr Hutchinson from Kirkstall, who has since retired from the Friends group, came across the site and was appalled that the land had become dilapidated and over grown.
The chapel, which includes photographs of former patients at the site, will be open for a special service on Sunday to mark Heritage Open Weekend.
Ron Sweeney, chairman of the Friends of High Royds Memorial Gardens, said: “A remarkable number of people have connections with High Royds through relatives or because they worked there.
“It seems to have touched a chord with people.
“We have had a good reaction from visitors to the chapel and the garden.
“People have said it’s a beautiful peaceful place and are pleased it has been restored.
“The important thing is it is about the community.”
Volunteers from the Friends group are currently enhancing the woodland at the back of the site.
The service will take place on Sunday at 4pm.
For more information about the group and to get involved email email@example.com.