Green fingered staff and a generous donation have helped to create a floral sanctuary for bereaved families at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Convenience foods manufacturer Greencore Group has donated £3000 and the gardening skills of its people to produce a stunning garden outside the Primrose end of life suite at the North Anston hospice.
The Primrose Suite is one of two purpose-built accommodation suites at Bluebell Wood, where families can stay with their child after they have passed away, giving them the space and time to say goodbye.
The new garden, which includes an herbaceous border of lavender, hollyhocks and scented stocks, a fenced area featuring passion flowers and jasmine, seating areas, arbours, solar lights and a laurel hedge border, has been designed to provide a calm outdoor space for families and friends.
Sandra Hind, Corporate Volunteer Coordinator at Bluebell Wood said: “Greencore has been very generous to Bluebell Wood over the years but this new project has exceeded all our expectations. From laying the groundwork and planting a beautiful garden to constructing the arbours and seating areas, the support Greencore has given us has been brilliant.
“Our end of life suites allow families to spend valuable time together when they’re facing the toughest of times and this new garden gives them their own enclosed, beautiful space to use as they need to.”
Michael Evans, Group Communications Director at Greencore said: “As a company that employs nearly 3,000 people across three locations within close distance to Bluebell Wood, we believe that the work that the team does here to support the families of children with a shortened life expectancy is outstanding, and we are delighted and honoured to be able to contribute in this small way.”