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North London Hospice unveils new garden

  • Published date
    24/11/2014
  • Author
    NLH Admin
  • Category
    North London Hospice

North London Hospice has officially opened its new garden, designed to be more accessible and welcoming for patients. The garden at North London Hospice, in Woodside Avenue, North Finchley, was unveiled to local dignitaries, staff, patients and supporters at a special event yesterday, Sunday 23 November. It now features flowers, herbs and shrubs to attract wildlife including butterflies and birds. A water fountain, a great glistering reflective ball, has also been put in place. Bedrooms overlook the gardens and each patient has their own private and secluded space on the patio outside. Carlamarie Kernan, whose husband Michael, is being cared for at the Hospice said: “For those patients lucky enough to be able to look out on to this wonderful space, they now have flowers and foliage, the sight of birds hopping about in the beds and in good weather, they will be able to sit outside on benches and enjoy the fresh air and the soothing sound of the water. “Where the Hospice gives such tender loving care to all their patients, this garden is truly uplifting for everyone’s spirits.’’ Chairman of the Trustees John Bryce paid tribute to everyone involved in its successful creation. The garden was made possible thanks to donations from the ‘Friends of Margaret Thatcher’ in recognition of her role as founding patron of the Hospice, from the ‘Heroes for Helen’ fundraising appeal and also Metaswitch. Mr Bryce said: “The Hospice garden plays such an important role in the patient experience here at North London Hospice. “It provides an environment where both patients and visitors can meet and chat or enjoy some quiet time to gather their thoughts. “I would like to say a big thank you to all of the people who have very kindly contributed their time, effort and their money in helping us all make this truly great transformation possible.”  

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