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Community spirit grows new ward garden

Posted on 5 December 2016

Staff, volunteers and supporters were welcomed for pre Christmas celebrations on Saturday when Pilgrims Hospices new Canterbury ward garden was officially opened.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Canterbury cut the ribbon then Tesco and Groundwork presented a £12,000 cheque which funded the project from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Also attending the celebration was Kent-based garden designer Mark Lane, who featured at this year’s Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows and on BBC’s Gardeners’ World. Mark donated his time and designs for the hospice project.

We are so delighted with this stunning new garden.

Cate Russell Pilgrims Hospices Chief Executive said: “We are so delighted with this stunning new garden created by the hard work of so many hospice friends. Special thanks go to Tesco and Groundwork for making all of this possible and to Mark for so generously giving his time and expertise. Thanks to his careful planning we know the garden will be glorious all year round and by summer the place will be full of fragrance and colour.”

Everything in the garden has been designed with patients in mind. The area is fully accessible for wheelchair users and special paving has been used to make it easy to move beds from the ward outside for those that want to enjoy the fresh air in this relaxing space.

Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds of local people coping with a life limiting illness and their families. The charity offers a range of services: from end of life care given on its wards, to its new wellbeing and social programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.

Added Cate: “When someone is coping with a life limiting illness every moment is precious to them and their family, so it’s really important we can give them the very best experience possible. That’s why we are always be looking for ways to improve our facilities. We know that having access to the outdoors can make a huge difference to someone’s comfort and wellbeing, so we hope this new garden will make a difference for everyone who comes here.”

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Health Care Assistants Maria Raines, Sam Waters and Lynn Holeyman with mini Shetland ponies Dame Maggie and Princess Rose.

As part of the day’s celebrations, everyone was warmed by a full English afternoon tea kindly prepared and donated by Pilgrims volunteers.

Miniature Shetland ponies ‘Dame Maggie’ and ‘Princess Rose’ also brought some festive spirit to the occasion and visited many of the patients and visitors in the warmth of the ward.

Pictured above, Sarah Martins Senior Ward Sister, Carole Rawlinson Community Enabler Groundwork, Heather Sawney, Pilgrims Hospices Special Projects Manager, Sam Lucchesi, Tesco Community Champion, Whitstable, Kay Eley Tesco Customer Experience Manager, Whitstable, Cate Russell, Pilgrims Hospices Chief Executive, Andrew Nixon, Tesco Store Manager, Whitstable, Lady Mayoress Mrs. Lillian Metcalfe, The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor George Metcalfe and Mark Lane Garden Designer.

 

 


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