Procter & Gamble have helped Shooting Star Chase’s bereaved families leave a lasting memory of their child through the refurbishment of Christopher’s remembrance space, the Mistral Garden. The leading consumer product company donated £35,000 to the charity – 70% of which covered the refurbishment of the Mistral Garden and the remainder went towards nurse wages.

The Mistral Garden is a special outside space at our Guildford-based hospice where families whose child has died can go for tranquillity, reflection and solace. Families had been able to memorialise their loved ones by placing a personalised pebble in the stream, but over time the area has become full and tired.

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Thanks to Procter & Gamble, whose brands include Ariel, Pampers and Gillette, the plot has now been redesigned, landscaped and renovated under the direction of award-winning garden designer, Selina Botham. The Mistral Garden has been extended and features curved paths, lots of seating, a focal water feature and swathes of plants, trees and flowers.

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Bespoke copper sculptured memory trees have been commissioned and erected enabling all bereaved families to place personalised, engraved leaves on the tree. The remembrance pebbles from the old garden will remain a key feature.

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Geraldine Sheedy, Head of Care at Christopher’s, said:

“It’s fantastic to have such a beautiful new remembrance garden at Christopher’s and we are extremely grateful to Proctor & Gamble for their generous donation. The space is so important for the families we care for and this area of the hospice will provide a place of real peace and reflection at an unimaginable time. The copper trees offer the chance to remember a loved one in a really special way, and it’s brilliant to now be able to give every family the chance to do that if they wish.”

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