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Thank you for helping our garden grow

 

It costs over £8.8 million each year to maintain our services, and only a small portion of that comes from central government funding. Your donation can help ensure our gardens, and all our other services, will continue to be there for the children and families that need us.

 

We are hugely grateful to be supported by Emilie’s garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. Gardens have the power to bring joy and comfort to so many people; for the children and families we support, our hospice gardens are places of fun, refuge, and reflection. Our main gardens have specially adapted play equipment and sensory trails, as well as open areas for sitting and talking. Many of the children we support have complex medical conditions and limited ways of interacting with the world, so the colours and smells of a garden can be a wonderful way of providing them with fun sensory experiences.

Each hospice also has a memory garden. When a child dies, parents are invited to hang a star or leaf on the tree sculpture’s in the centre of these gardens, which is engraved with their child’s name and age. We hold an annual Memory Day where new stars and leaves are hung. The families we support in this way tell us that it is so important to have a quiet place they can remember their child and coming to see the leaf or star over the years gives them great comfort.

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