Over the last year we have been visiting our county hospices to see if we can help with their gardening in the grounds. We have three such sites and it is really good to know that we can help them by financing various projects.
Prospect House Hospice near Swindon needed money for tools as they have a therapy garden for patients, their families and friends. They grow vegetables for the kitchen and enjoy being together, as the companionship is everything when recovering from illness or the loss of friends and family.
Salisbury Hospice at Oddstock hospital near Salisbury have a lovely garden but needed raised beds for cut flowers to take into the hospice. These beds are being cared for by volunteers from family and friends of patients and compliment their pretty permanent area which is well used as a peaceful outside space.
Dorothy House Hospice has an allotment in the middle of Trowbridge which is again gardened by patients, friends and families alike. It is a large area with raised beds full of vegetables and others with fruits but they needed to replace their tool shed which was fast collapsing. This we have financed and are proud to be looking into some further ideas of how we might help the patients.
It has been a very fulfilling time for the Trust and we know just how much gardening and friendship can heal us at difficult times so we look forward to working with these hospices again in the future.