Princess Alice Hospice allotment digs deep for Loneliness Awareness Week

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The Clumps Allotment in Ashford, launched by Princess Alice Hospice in May 2019, is holding an open day on Wednesday 16 June 2021 between 1pm and 3pm. It has recently re-opened after having to close in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

The open day coincides with Loneliness Awareness Week, which runs from 14-18 June. Aimed at people in the local community who may be feeling isolated due to ill health, being a carer or recently bereaved, the allotment offers a place where residents can escape for some much needed fresh air and a cup of tea over a friendly chat.

The idea of the allotment is to bring people together to grow healthy food, meet new people and feel closer to nature. Community volunteer-led allotments can have a hugely beneficial effect and, you don’t need any gardening experience.

Head of Volunteering and Community Engagement, Vanessa Hill, said,

”We know that when you’re living with a life limiting illness or chronic condition, if you’re caring for someone or are
bereaved, it can lead to loneliness and isolation and it can be difficult to feel part of the
community. Our community allotments are a great way of bringing people together in a
relaxed and friendly way.”

For more information or to register your interest in the open day as well as the weekly sessions, email  or call 01372 461870.
Sessions are held on Saturday 10am – 12pm and Wednesday 1pm – 3pm at The Clumps, Ashford, Feltham road, Ashford, TW15 1AA.

One of the Hospice’s aims is to reach more people in their community and support them through a range of services from the allotment to the Community Choir. For more information you can visit


About Princess Alice Hospice:

For Compassion. For Excellence. For People. For Living.
Princess Alice Hospice has, for more than 30 years, provided free, high-quality, specialist end of life care to tens of thousands of people across a large part of Surrey,
south west London and Middlesex. Today, at any one time, Hospice nurses, doctors and other specialist staff are looking after more than 800 people in need. The
Hospice’s mission is to reach out to even more people by delivering outstanding care to those that need it. To enable us to do this, we will rely on the commitment and
support of our communities who help us to raise vital funds.

£10.1 million is needed each year to provide these vital and much-needed services. With limited NHS funding, 76% must be generated by fundraising, retail operations,
donations and legacies.

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