Gardens in Progress
With a number of hospices on our waiting list, in July 2015 we launched the A Million Moments appeal which aimed to raise £1 million to enable a further 5,000 children who are involved in the hospice system to enjoy the benefits of spending time in inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces. y.
The following gardens fall under the umbrella of the A Million Moments Appeal, and are currently in progress:
Andy's at St Andrews, Grimsby
In October 2017 Jody Lidgard and his award winning team at Bespoke Outdoor Spaces began work at Andy’s at St Andrew's, a hospice in Grimsby that offers free palliative care to children and young people with any progressive life-limiting illness.
The existing space, which lacks hard landscaping suitable for wheelchair access, will be transformed into a multi-functional garden, giving children in wheelchairs and beds an outdoor environment for play, learning, therapy and rest. Lighting and water will be used to provide an all-round sensory experience for children and their families to create precious memories in.
Grace House, Sunderland
Having completed Phase 1 at Grace House December, we look forward to working with Sean Murray, the winner of the BBC’s RHS Chelsea Challenge, to create the next phase of the “Nest and Rest Garden” in Sunderland. This new Greenfingers garden, with its interactive water feature, sensitive planting and sheltered areas will provide families with an invaluable outside space for respite and relaxation, as well as stimulating features that can be used for therapies and reflection.
Robin House, Balloch
On the shores of Loch Lomond, we have been working with the hospice team at Robin House in Balloch, to design two new therapeutic and stimulating gardens which we hope will become a reality next year.
Due to the generosity of those who support Greenfingers Charity in a variety of ways we have also completed the following gardens under the Million Moments appeal.
- RHS Chelsea Garden at Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight
- Two peaceful gardens at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Sheffield
- The Kaleidoscope Garden at Helen & Douglas House, Oxford
- The Courtyard Garden at Keech Hospice Care, Luton.