Date: 17th June 2015
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Greenfingers visit Earl Mountbatten Hospice to begin Chelsea garden relocation
Greenfingers, the small UK charity dedicated to creating inspiring gardens at children’s hospices around the country, visited the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight last week to begin the process of relocating Chairman Matthew Wilson’s award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden to the hospice.
The Royal Bank of Canada Garden, designed by Matthew Wilson, is to be relocated to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice later this year with fundraising by Greenfingers to support the relocation now underway. Key members of the project team, who will oversee the move, met on site last week to begin the process.
Earl Mountbatten was chosen as the proud recipient of the garden in recognition of its work developing services for children and their families on the Island. Although the hospice has previously focused mainly on adult hospice care, it is aiming to expand its offering to care for local children who need hospice care, along with their families. The relocated garden will form part of the hospice’s offering to young patients giving them a beautifully designed outdoor space in which they can relax away from the rigours of their care.
The need for children’s hospice services on the island has been spearheaded by Gemma Blamire and Aaron Rolf, whose daughter Sophie was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2012. The provision of children’s care on the Isle of Wight, which the Chelsea garden will add to, is part of Sophie’s ongoing legacy to help other children with life limiting conditions.
Matthew Wilson, the garden designer and former Greenfingers Chairman, said: “I’m thrilled to be here on the Island today to get the ball rolling on the relocation of my Chelsea Flower Show garden. It means a huge amount to me personally that this garden is relocating to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice; the garden itself was a labour of love and through my work at Greenfingers providing beautiful outdoor spaces for those who spend time in hospices is very close to my heart. It has been great to be here today and I can’t wait to see the finished garden in all it’s glory in this fantastic location.”
Hospice Chief executive Nigel Hartley, said everyone at EMH felt very privileged to be part of such an exciting project: “It’s a real honour to be part of this and we know the garden will bring so much joy to everyone at Earl Mountbatten and indeed the wider community. It has been a pleasure to welcome Matthew and the team from Greenfingers to the Hospice today.”
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Photo caption: L-R Gemma Blamire; Sara Weech, Earl Mountbatten Hospice; Deborah Skillicorn, Greenfingers Charity; Nigel Hartley, Earl Mountbatten Hospice; Aaron Rolf; Rebecca Zanelli, Clifton Nurseries; Matthew Wilson, Garden Designer and Greenfingers Chairman.
Greenfingers is a small national charity dedicated to creating magical gardens for children’s hospices around the UK. The gardens are built to provide a space for respite and relaxation for children with life limiting conditions, together with their families. The charity is dedicated to creating beautiful and inspiring outdoors spaces for children to play and have fun in. Greenfingers has to date created 45 special gardens in hospices around the country, and has a further waiting list of hospices that need help.
About Earl Mountbatten Hospice
Earl Mountbatten Hospice is the only hospice on the Isle of Wight, and everyone involved is passionate about improving the lives of those within the community who are living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. The Hospice has 16 in-patient beds, but care is not confined to the Hospice building. A dedicated community nursing team cares for 150-200 patients living at home; providing support when someone is near the end of their life; respite care to enable carers to take a break, or simply helping out at a difficult time. Patients and families can also access a range of day services in the Hospice’s John Cheverton Centre, including complementary therapies; physiotherapy; art and craft sessions; a hairdressing salon and beauty treatments; a café, and information and support centre, both of which are open to the public.
EMH is dedicated to helping people live as actively as possible for as long as they are able, while taking care of their physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs. That care also extends to family members, carers and close friends, who often need support throughout a person’s illness and during bereavement.