Date: 4th January 2016
Contact: Jane Wilson 07899 895489 email@example.com
Greenfingers plan to build five new hospice gardens in 2016
All the staff and Board of Trustees at Greenfingers charity wish you a stimulating and successful new year – it is set to be a busy and fulfilling year. We are planning to complete two new hospice gardens in the first quarter of 2016 and, subject to sufficient funds being raised throughout the year, plan for a further three Greenfingers gardens to become a reality.
Yesterday (4th January 2016 ) building work is planned to start on the Isle of Wight at Earl Mountbatten Hospice. This new Greenfingers garden is the relocation of the Royal Bank of Canada’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 garden (designed by Matthew Wilson, formerly Greenfingers Chairman). More details to follow.
In February we plan to go on-site at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield where we have thoughtfully designed two private garden spaces directly outside the bereavement suites. Further details will follow.
We hope that our full, exciting and varied fundraising calendar in 2016 will enable us to create more gardens in 2016 in Oxford, Luton and Sunderland for the benefit of children, young adults and their families. These are the additional gardens we are working hard to create this year; again more details will follow in due course.
At Keech Hospice Care in Luton we are working with Homebase and gold medal winning Chelsea garden designer Adam Frost. Greenfingers will be working with Adam and the Homebase Garden Academy students to transform the existing and uninspiring concrete courtyard into the central hub of the hospice in which patients, families, carers and visitors to the hospice can enjoy special times and therapies outside and protected from the elements.
At Helen & Douglas House, Oxford, we want to create a small, safe and sheltered area, within a previously built Greenfingers garden, in which a child in a wheelchair could be transferred to a ground level seated/lying area within the garden via a mobile hoist, or wheeled outside in their bed.
Another exciting project we shall be fundraising for in 2016 will be to complete an interactive family garden at Grace House in Southwick, Sunderland. We are thrilled to be working with Sean Murray, winner of the BBC’s Great Chelsea Garden Challenge 2015, to create this garden.
John Ashley, as the Voluntary Chairman of Greenfingers Charity, is pleased to confirm the new list of gardens that Greenfingers are working towards completing in his first year heading the charity. “We must thank all those individuals, groups and businesses who have supported Greenfingers in 2015 and we hope that our friends will continue to support us in the months ahead.”
John continued “We believe that creating gardens for recreation and enjoyment of the children and families who benefit from hospice services uses the best skills of our gardening industry and the generosity of the public. These valuable spaces can provide a million memories and a sanctuary of care.
However, we realise that there are many children’s hospices that still need our help. That is why we launched our Million Moments appeal in 2015. This appeal aims to raise £1 million which will enable Greenfingers to bring the precious gift of a garden to at least 5,000 more children and families in hospices across the UK.”
So far Greenfingers has completed 49 gardens for the benefit of children and young adults.
In 2015 in Yorkshire we created a very large garden for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield. The first stage is completed as a large sensory garden which includes areas for a wildlife hide for easy bird viewing; a wildflower garden and a water feature that wheelchairs can splash through.
Additionally considerable planning designing and fundraising took place due to the generosity of our supporters, for the new gardens on the Isle of Wight and in Sheffield, due to logistical reasons, these gardens were rescheduled to early 2016.
We will send you regular updates of these gardens with pictures and quotes. If you would prefer not to receive the information please contact us below.
For further information please contact
Jane Wilson 07899 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Linda Petrons 01494 email@example.com