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Work starts on People’s Millions garden at St Clare Hospice

News / Mon 15th Sep 2014 at 12:20pm

WORK has got underway to create an outdoor haven for patients and families at St Clare Hospice after supporters helped secure a £49,832 grant from the Big Lottery.

Thousands of people picked up the phone to vote for the Hastingwood-based Hospice as part of last November’s People’s Millions competition in conjunction with ITV, helping us scoop the vital funding to turn our vision for our ‘Space to Breathe’ family garden into a reality.

Last week, work began on transforming an area of our grounds into a beautiful secluded space for those we care for and their loved ones to spend time together. The project is being carried out by Harlow-based landscapers The Whitelaw Brothers and is expected to last eight weeks.

St Clare Director of Fundraising and Marketing Elizabeth Palfreman said: “It is wonderful work has now started on our ‘Space to Breathe’ garden and we can’t wait to see it starting to take shape over the coming weeks. We were thrilled and overwhelmed by the response of our community during the People’s Millions competition – polling an incredible 12,403 votes – and we very much feel that without the public’s support this important project would not be possible.

“As well as caring for the physical needs of those with a life-limiting illness, helping to relieve suffering and making them comfortable, we also care for their emotional wellbeing. As such, we know the many therapeutic benefits a garden can bring, so this project will make a very real difference to the lives of those we support and their loved ones.”

The tiered garden, which has been designed by Stansted-based landscape architects Liz Lake Associates, will feature raised flower beds, a calming water feature, seating and wheelchair- friendly paving. It will be accessed via our newly renovated family room on our eight-bed Inpatient Unit.

St Clare Hospice

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