A charity dedicated to creating gardens at children’s hospices has started work at Acorns Children’s Hospice thanks to help from two garden centres in the area.
Greenfingers, a charity created by members of the gardening industry, has begun the first phase in transforming the garden at the Birmingham hospice, which is located in Selly Oak, thanks to staff and customers at Webbs Garden Centres in Worcestershire and the West Midlands who have raised more than £8,400.
Alan Shaw, garden project manager for Greenfingers, said: “Work has started on creating a ‘quiet garden’ at Acorns Children’s Hospice thanks to the fundraising efforts of Webbs Garden Centres. It is the first of two gardens Greenfingers is creating at Acorns.
“The staff and customers at Webbs Garden Centres raised a staggering £8,475 for the gardens at Acorns.
“They hosted fundraising events including a Greenfingers Week, a charity football match and put a team together to compete in the organisation’s annual fundraising dragon boat race in July this year.
“The management and staff at Webbs are very supportive of our cause and we are extremely grateful to them,” he added.
They have even pledged to donate a further £5,000 during the Christmas period from festive activities they are hosting at their garden centres, which are located in Wychbold and West Hagley.
Included in the quiet garden will be sensory plants, a gentle, calming waterfall, a trellis and plenty of seating.
Dee McCann, volunteers manager at Acorn, said: “We are delighted the work on the quiet garden has started. It will make a great addition to our hospice in Selly Oak.
“A garden can be a real comfort to life-limited children and their families while they stay with us.
“We would like to thank Greenfingers as well as the companies and individuals that have raised funds for the new gardens.”
Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust was registered in 1983 and offers care to life-limited children and support for their families in the West Midlands and three counties.
The trust is made up of three hospices, Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester, as well as a community team that offers practical and emotional support to families in their homes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Greenfingers, which is based in Buckinghamshire, was launched in November 1998 by garden writer and broadcaster Richard Jackson and a team of volunteers drawn from all sectors of the gardening industry.