Church group volunteers help prepare new cancer centre garden for patients

A group of local church volunteers have helped to clear a previously unused area next to Chart Lodge at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, which provides on-site accommodation for patients going through intensive radiotherapy treatment.

This area will now be transformed into a quiet and peaceful garden for patients and families to use between treatments.

Above: The volunteers who helped clear the area next to Chart Lodge at the cancer centre

Jillian David, deputy general manager at the cancer centre, said:

“We try to make Chart Lodge a home-from-home for patients staying with us for intensive treatment. The area next to it is quiet and secluded, and thanks to the volunteers, we can now begin working with our partners to make it a peaceful garden area for patients to relax. We are so grateful for all of our volunteers; their time really does make a difference.”

Diana Wong, who organised the group of friends from her church, said:

“Our group live in the Hillingdon area and meet regularly at a Christian Chinese church in Hammersmith. We wanted to give something back to our local community and put our faith into action, which is why we volunteered at the centre. Some members of our group have had first-hand experience of the valuable work staff at the cancer centre do, so we got in touch with them to see how we can help.”