Tesco and QEH join forces on garden project

 

Cancer patients will be able to look out onto a new peaceful garden which is being created at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital thanks to volunteers.

The Hospital has joined forces with staff at the Tesco Extra Hardwick store to transform an  area outside Shouldham Ward.

Volunteers from the store will be installing bird boxes and feeders along with bright planters and raised beds from Wednesday, 28 September.

Andy Thomas, manager of the Tesco Extra store at Hardwick, said: “Cancer affects so many people and we wanted to complete a project which will make a difference to the people of West Norfolk.

“I hope that the garden will help patients who are being treated on Shouldham Ward.”

The store has already raised around £1,600 to go towards the costs of the garden but is appealing for more donations of money and goods to support the project.

A raffle is currently being held at the supermarket and KLFM Breakfast host Simon Rowe will be supporting the fundraising on Thursday, 22 September.

Chief Executive of the Hospital Dorothy Hosein has praised staff at Tesco for giving up their time to create this worthwhile project.

She said: “I would like to thank Tesco Hardwick for fundraising and volunteering to create this wonderful garden, which is going to help improve the experience for our patients.

“Working with the community is incredibly important to everyone at the hospital. We are on a journey to excellence and projects like this are a key step to achieving that goal.”

Fundraising Executive Laurence Morlaàs said: “The hospital is very grateful to Tesco Hardwick Extra and Laura Gathercole, the community champion, for their continued support and donations.

“In the last couple of years Tesco have helped numerous patients across the trust.  We are very much looking forward to strengthening our relationship and working in partnership with them on their future community projects.”

This is the second garden to have been created around Shouldham ward after the beach themed Alan Rasberry Peace and Hope Garden was officially opened earlier this year.

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Pictured are the hospital’s IT, Estates and Facilities Strategic Lead Alistair Nelson, Checkout Manager Joyce Manning-Coe, Community Champion Laura Gathercole and Laurence Morlaàs, Fundraising Executive.

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