Children transform garden for cancer patients

Pupils from a Lincoln school raised money to give Lincoln County Hospital’s garden a makeover for the benefit of cancer patients and their families.

Members of the school’s eco council at St Giles Primary Academy on Addison Drive gave up their playtimes to raise over £140.

The hospital is often not able to fund improvements like this, so the children got stuck in and recently spent a morning at the hospital to transform the garden area next to the Ingham Ward.

The Ingham Ward is where patients receive chemotherapy treatment and they will now be able to enjoy the new garden during their treatment.

Hospital housekeepers Edita Kuklyte and Christine Williams helped to arrange the transformation, alongside supplies assistant Samantha Gray whose son is a pupil at the school.

The children hard at work. Photo: United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Matron Marie Beck said: “The children have raised money for the project through their desire to help people which is very inspiring. They are blooming marvellous.

“The patients and staff have loved having their enthusiasm and excitement for the project and this has accelerated our desire to complete the hope garden so that our patients can benefit from it.”

Teacher Jade Chadburn said: “Everything has gone really well from start to finish. The children have been working hard as a team and have been enthusiastic.

“They have really made a difference to this area and it is great to know that patients are now going to be able to sit here and benefit from all their effort and care.”

Friends Jersey and Maddison, both aged 10, enjoyed the experience with the latter saying “I am really looking forward to seeing how it all grows”.

Jersey added: “It’s lovely to know that poorly patients, nurses and doctors will be able to come outside and enjoy the area we have helped to create.”