Celebrity gardener backs Hospice cash bid

Charity / Mon 18th Nov 2013 am30 11:16am


St Clare’s campaign to win £50,000 from the People’s Millions has been given spade-loads of support from celebrity gardener Christine Walkden.

The One Show’s green-fingered expert is urging the community to dig deep and vote for the Hospice when it appears on the ITV Anglia News bulletin on Wednesday, November 27 at 18:00pm.

If we are successful in winning the £50,000 Big Lottery Fund grant the money will be spent on creating a ‘Space to Breathe’ family garden to provide our patients and their families with a beautiful outdoor haven to spend time together.

But we are relying on the public to pick up the phone as every vote will count! Calls cost just 11p from a landline when voting lines open at 9am.

Christine, who lives in Sawbridgeworth, said, “As a gardener I understand the therapeutic benefits of being able to look out over green space. Four years ago I was seriously ill and while I was in hospital I was put in a room which didn’t have anywhere to look out onto. I felt so confined and claustrophobic and, for me, if I can’t see green I just don’t feel happy.

“As a nature lover I asked to be moved to a room with a garden view and the change in me both mentally and physically was almost instant. Being able to look out onto green and flowers was extremely beneficial; I know that because I know how I felt.

“There is so much evidence to show how beneficial gardens in care settings can be, which is why I think St Clare’s Space to Breathe project is so important and why I’ll be voting for the Hospice on November 27 to help them secure the funding they need to bring this very worthwhile garden to fruition.”

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