ROTARY GIVES GARDEN EQUIPMENT TO HOSPICE HOPE

Ashby Rotary Club has provided Hospice Hope with essential equipment for the garden at Hope House, Griffydam

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Ashby Rotary Club has provided Hospice Hope with essential equipment for the garden at Hope House, Griffydam. It comprises a sit-on lawnmower, a fully equipped greenhouse and a garden seat.

In addition, money has been provided for seeds and plants, for weeding and the services of a tree surgeon.

In total, a sum of £4500 was provided for these items of which £2500 was raised by a Rotary charity golf day at Willesley Park Golf Club and £2000 was match funded by a Rotary District 1070 Foundation Grant.

Hope House opened in April 2017 for people in North West Leicestershire who have life limiting conditions. It is open two days a week and has up to eight guests attending each day, supported by a wonderful group of volunteers.

While there are facilities within the house for guests’ use, there was little in the garden to occupy their time. That is why a greenhouse was thought to be of advantage where guests can be creative with plant growing and even provide fresh salad for the kitchen. A garden seat was thought to be an essential extra for their comfort.

Stewart Shepherd, Chairman of Hospice Hope, thanked Bob Ferguson, Ashby Rotary Foundation Officer for Rotary’s support. He said ‘The project that Rotary promised is now complete and it has been a delight to work with you and see the outstanding success of each part.

‘The guests at Hope House love the well-manicured lawn and will start to use the greenhouse very soon. They also have a beautiful seat from which they can watch the prolific wildlife in the garden.

‘We will be able to transfer all of the items you have so generously provided to Hope House 2 when our lease expires on the present house in 2022.