Hospice plants a time capsule with help from Liverpool mayor

Categories: Care and People & Places.

A time capsule containing messages from staff and local football teams has been planted in the gardens of Woodlands Hospice in Liverpool.

The Metro Mayor of Liverpool, Steve Rotheram, visited the hospice to plant the capsule in a brick planter he helped to build himself. This follows on from the official opening in December of the newly built ‘Our Space’ project, designed and built for the children and young people accessing Family Support Services at the hospice.

The children filled the time capsule with a scroll containing their hopes and dreams for the future with messages from hospice staff and volunteers, and a Liverpool and Everton football programme along with personal messages from the Mayor, CEO Rose Milnes, and Chair Barry Bartlett.

Once Steve had placed the time capsule in the planter the children covered it with new flowers and plants, creating a new feature for the hospice garden. The flowers are intended to represent growth, hope and happiness.

We invited some of the children and young people and their families that have been involved, along with Steve Rotheram, to plant the capsule and top it off with some beautiful new flowers and plants creating a beautiful new feature for our Hospice garden. The flowers also represent growth, hope and happiness in essence everything we wish for our Woodlands Hospice Community.

The planter will be opened in 10 years time! More details to follow.

We invited some of the children and young people and their families that have been involved, along with Steve Rotheram, to plant the capsule and top it off with some beautiful new flowers and plants creating a beautiful new feature for our Hospice garden. The flowers also represent growth, hope and happiness in essence everything we wish for our Woodlands Hospice Community.

The planter will be opened in 10 years time! More details to follow.

Chief Executive Rose said:

“It is an opportune time, 10 years on from opening our Inpatient Unit, to plant the time capsule for a period of 10 years, to look back in 2029 at how our hopes and dreams have progressed. It has been lovely to link this planting to the opening of the children and young people’s facility and include their dreams and aspirations.

“Hopefully when we look back our young people will have achieved their dreams and the hospice has continued to flourish. Having Steve help build the planter and actually plant the time capsule was a lovely touch and reflects the place Woodlands has in his heart”.

Prior to planting the time capsule Steve said:

“I’ve been involved with Woodlands now for 20 years and it is a great honour to be involved with this project and plant the time capsule. Hopefully in 10 years’ time when we open the capsule those here today will have realised their hopes and dreams.

“Just finally, I’d like to mention the great team here at Woodlands. The more you visit and see and get to know the team you see that’s what makes Woodlands such a special place. With team work you can build great stuff on strong foundations as shown by the brilliant work that volunteer John did for the planter”.

For more information visit Woodlands Hospice