Green fingers at the Lister…

6th July marked the opening of a refurbished garden for patients, staff and carers near the Strathmore Wing at Lister Hospital – designed entirely by the children of Heath Mount School. 

Sheila Troy, senior sister on Pirton Ward, said: “The children have done a wonderful job. They’ve made so much effort her, as they always do for the hospital. They’ve performed musical theatre on the wards before. They work fantastically as a team and we’re so thankful for them.” 

Trust chairman, Ian Morfett, joked: “The children went to the nurseries and garden centres and pitched Apprentice-style, so not only have we got many Alan Titchmarshes, we’ve also got many Alan Sugars!  We thank them for all their hard work which will be enjoyed by so many patients and staff.” 

The children, all in Year 8, took a week out of school to plant bright flowers, paint a mural, hang bird houses in the trees and even set up an insect hospital called “Buggingham Palace”! 

The plants were provided free of charge by local nurseries, after the children visited and explained what they were doing.  All food provided on the day was again courtesy of the children, who made elderflower cordial, sandwiches, cakes and biscuits. 

The garden was brought back to life as part of the Kissing It Better scheme, a charity which aims to make a difference to the care of patients and their carers in hospitals and care homes. 

Mr Middleton, headmaster at Heath Mount said, “The children were very excited by the project and keen to contribute to improving the experience of those spending time at the hospital.  They were delighted by the smiles it bought to the patients and carers and have gained a real understanding of how rewarding giving can be.”

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