Date: Monday 21st September 2015
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 07899 895489
Greenfingers opens latest garden at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice
Greenfingers(1), the charity dedicated to creating magical gardens for children at hospices around the UK, opened their latest garden, at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire(2), today – the 49th garden space to be built by the charity.
The new ‘Meadow Garden’ at Forget Me Not has created a beautiful space that is accessible to all who spend time there, drawing on inspiration from the beautiful Yorkshire countryside that surrounds the hospice.
The meadow garden features many stimulating, specially designed features including accessible grassy viewing mounds safe for wheelchair use; a river bed style flowing water feature for safe play with fishing nets; a walled stone circle area drawing on the typical stone walling to be seen around the region and a bird hide specially designed for wheelchair access with viewing points to observe wildlife. The whole garden includes annual and perennial wildflower planting, flanked by new native hedging.
Emma Hanford, Greenfingers Garden Projects Manager, commented: “We are delighted to be at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice today to officially open the beautiful meadow garden and we can’t wait to see the children and families who spend time here really enjoying the space.
“As with all of our Greenfingers gardens we have relied on the generosity of individuals and companies within the industry to donate and discount products, and to provide their time, insight and enthusiasm. They have all helped to create a garden where children, families and carers can engage with their natural environment now and in the future as the meadows and plantings develop year on year.”
Peter Branson, Chief Executive at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice added: “The garden created with Greenfingers is a wonderful example of what can happen when local organisations and volunteers are brought together to make something really special. We are immensely grateful for the dedication and generosity of all those involved which has led to the creation of a magical space for children and families to enjoy for years to come.”
The meadow garden has received wide support from many parties who have given time, resources and funds to the project. Greenfingers would like to thank everyone at the hospice that has been involved in supporting the project, along with an extensive list of companies and individuals without whose support the garden could not have been created:
Utley Excavations and Landscape Creations for ground works and building the garden; Barry Kellington of Honley Garden Design for his fantastic design; HSBC for their generous donation at the start of the project and for sending volunteers to help out with planting and seeding of the meadows; Town & Country for their generous donation towards the completion of the garden; Kew Gardens for donating seeds and valuable advice via their Grow Wild programme; Armitage’s Garden Centre; Beverley Brooks; CID Group; Crowder; David Wilce; Deco-Pak; Green-tech; Handspring Design; JBD Transport; JM Haulage; Kelkay; Knowl Park Nurseries; Lightwater Quarries; Lizzie Balmforth; M&M Timber; Myers Group; Naylor Myers; Oase Living-Water; Orchard Energy; Q Lawns; Rodgers Plant Hire; RV Roger; Thornton Fencing.
The creation of the Meadow Garden was made possible thanks to a number of generous donations from trusts and individuals including the Sir George Martin Trust. The garden was also part funded with money raised from Garden Re-Leaf Day 2014; the horticulture industry event which sees nurseries, garden centres and suppliers across the country raising money for Greenfingers every March.
The garden at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice has been built as part of Greenfingers’ ‘Rosy Cheeks’ appeal(3).
Notes to Editors
To find out more about the project at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice please contact Jane Wilson on 07899 895489 or email@example.com
(1) Greenfingers is a small national charity dedicated to creating magical gardens for children in 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 planned and created 49 outside garden spaces in hospices around the country, and has a further waiting list of hospices that need help.
(2) Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports 150 children and their families, across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, through its hospice at home service and state of the art hospice Russell House in Huddersfield. Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice achieved ‘Outstanding’ in their recent Care Quality Commission putting them in the top 2% of Health & Social Care providers in the UK. HRH Princess Beatrice became Patron of the charity in July 2013.
Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice charity was founded more than 14 years ago as a result of the challenges faced by a local mum whose son, Russell, became very ill and needed hospice care. She was concerned at the lack of local support, and set about changing this. After years of fundraising Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice began caring for local children and their families in 2010 through its hospice at home service.
In December 2012, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice opened the doors of its state of the art building – Russell House, to the families and children who use the charities services. Offering care within Russell House will from now on run side by side by with the Hospice at Home service.
With just 6% of funding coming from the government the charity must raise over £3.8m each year to ensure it is able to give the children and families the support they need.
There are more than 700 children and families in the Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield area who may need the care support from the Hospice at Home service or at the Hospice, Russell House. Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice needs to build awareness to enable it to reach out to these families
As part of the charity’s care service we offer children’s play, family support, bereavement support, sibling support and complementary therapy to all of our children and families
A chain of 10 retail charity shops currently operate across Kirklees and Calderdale, serving local communities and raising funds for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice – Lindley, Holmfirth – Stable Court, Holmfirth – Victoria Street, Heckmondwike, King Cross in Halifax, Brighouse, Huddersfield, Almondbury, Hebden Bridge and Golcar.
(3) The Greenfingers ‘Rosy Cheeks’ appeal, launched in April 2013, raised £750,000 over two years which will help build at least ten garden areas for children at hospices around the UK. The ‘Rosy Cheeks’ appeal name represents a precious moment in time – the flush of warmth brought to the lives of hospice children and their families when they spend valuable time together out in the fresh air, away from the bedside.