Gardeners support the future of hospice care

Categories: Community Engagement.

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) has supported Help the Hospices since 1997, helping to raise over £2.2 million for hospice care through garden openings. This funding has supported a variety of programmes including training for hospice staff, equipment for delivering hospice care at home, and national projects supporting clinical excellence. 

This year, the money from garden openings will help support the charity’s innovative work including the Commission into the Future of Hospice Care

David Praill, chief executive of Help the Hospices, said:

“Demand for hospice care is set to rise rapidly over the next few years due to the ageing population. Hospices want to be able to provide compassionate, personal care for all those affected by terminal illnesses – but they can’t do this alone.

“Thanks to the incredible generosity of NGS volunteers and garden visitors, Help the Hospices is supporting hospices through these challenges so that they can meet the needs of their communities in the future.

“Funding from NGS has also helped us establish a national Care Strategy and Support team, helping us to improve the support we give to hospice nurses, social workers and doctors at the front line of caring for seriously ill people and their families.”

The gardens

Open from June to October, the NGS has more than 3,800 beautiful gardens to visit in England and Wales – including two hospice gardens which provide havens of peace for thousands of patients and their families.

Acorns Children’s Hospice in Birmingham will open its tranquil, multisensory grounds to the public for NGS on 19 May, while visitors in London can visit the historical gardens of Trinity Hospice in Clapham on 6-7 April and 3-4 August.

Commenting on the scheme, Dee McCann, volunteers manager at Acorns, said: 

“We are fortunate to have beautiful gardens that are lovingly maintained by an army of dedicated volunteers. The children, families and staff benefit from them throughout the year and the National Gardens Scheme allows us to share them with the wider public who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to see behind the fence. We’re looking forward to welcoming people and raising funds for worthwhile causes at the same time.” 

Laura Sutton at Trinity Hospice added: 

“The National Gardens Scheme is a great way for the public to come and have a look at Trinity’s beautiful award winning gardens. They are not only a place of tranquillity and peace for patients and their families, but also to be enjoyed by the public through the NGS as well our many fundraising events. We would love for everyone to come and see them for themselves, appreciate the fantastic work that our gardening volunteers do all year round and find out a little more about Trinity and our services in the process.”

The Yellow Book

NGS has just released its Yellow Book for 2013, which is packed full of beautiful gardens across England and Wales that are opening their gates to the public this year. You can order a copy of the book online

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