Green-fingered volunteers help the Hospice

27 June 2014

A TEAM of young people have been volunteering their time to spruce up the gardens at Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Groundwork

Ten young people aged 16 to 22, have spent six days working in the gardens at the rear of the Hospice on Kildare Street, Hindley, as part of The Prince's Trust scheme, led by charity Groundwork.

Project Leader Dylan Turner, 18, who would like to work in construction, said: "We've been busy clearing all the pathways, digging out nettles and weeds and cutting back plants near the inpatient unit. We've put new flower beds in and we've cleared soil.
"It's not just to make the gardens look nice, it's because it's good for the patients and their families to have gardens to walk in."

The group is currently six weeks into a 12-week Prince's Trust programme aimed at giving young people new skills to help them into education or work.

Matthew Hampson, 16, said: "We've been learning a lot of new skills and it's been good to work as a team. Doing something like this takes a team effort - we have to work together and share the tools we've got to get the job done."

Laura Harper, Development Assistant at Groundwork Lancashire West and Wigan, said: "Working in the gardens has been a chance for young people from Wigan and Leigh to help their local community and they have absolutely loved it.
"There's been a lot to do so they've been kept busy and they've been really interested in learning about the Hospice and what it does."

Alan Baron, Hospice Chief Executive said: "At this time of year it can be a battle to keep gardens from getting overgrown and to ensure they look their best. Volunteers are the backbone of the Hospice and these young volunteers have done a fantastic job on our gardens which I know will be appreciated by the patients, families and carers who use them."

Each volunteer was given a certificate of achievement during a presentation at the Hospice.

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