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Hospice gardens provide calm, focus and fulfilment during challenging times

For almost 30 years, the gardens at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice have provided a place of enjoyment, relaxation and calm for patients, families, staff and volunteers at the local charity.

In recent months, as people throughout the county have spent more time in their gardens, the hospice’s gardens on Durdar Road, Carlisle, and in Bitts Parks, Carlisle, have provided a valuable place for people to reflect and find a place of comfort.

The local charity is now inviting the local community to remember a loved one in their Garden of Memories. Every donation made will not only support the hospice’s flourishing gardens, but also help the charity to provide care for adults and children with life limiting conditions when they need it the most.

Volunteer Gardner, Nigel Faulkner, explains,

“Whilst the world seemed to have slowed down, I have seen our care teams continue to offer the compassionate, personalised and dignified care to local people with life limiting illnesses and their families. The demand for hospice services is still here and we’re doing everything we can to help families spend precious time with each other.

“Here at the hospice, all the patient rooms have access to our own beautiful and calm gardens. At a time when visitor numbers have been restricted due to coronavirus, the gardens have played a vital part in giving families the opportunity to visit their loved one at a safe distance, allowing the opportunity to create cherished memories and allow for goodbyes which sadly so many other families have been missed out on.

“The Garden of Memories in Bitts Park has also been a focal point of much of our thoughts this year. Given everything we have all coped with this year, it is still in full bloom. Unfortunately, we are unable to host our memorial events in the garden this year, but we hope you will join us by taking part in this year’s Garden of Memories.”

This year Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw are providing the local community with two ways to remember a loved one, support the hospice and help the gardens bloom. People can either make a donation or they can choose a flower in their Virtual Garden to remember a loved one. The money raised throughout Garden of Memoires will enable the local charity to provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to local people with life limiting illnesses.

As key workers, both the clinical and support staff teams at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw are here for the local community. The hospice is doing all it can during these times to continue to care to those in need, whilst following strict guidelines.

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw is open and continuing to provide care and compassion to local people with life limiting illnesses. The hospice is here for the local community and still supporting the NHS.

Nigel concluded,

“Cherished memories and the chance to say goodbye whilst receiving high-quality hands-on nursing care, are so vital to both the local patients and families that are cared for here. This is only possible due to the kindness of people like you. Please, if you can, donate to ensure this continues.”

To find out more about supporting Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw’s Garden of Memories please click here or call the

In recent months, as people throughout the county have spent more time in their gardens, the hospice’s gardens on Durdar Road, Carlisle, and in Bitts Parks, Carlisle, have provided a valuable place for people to reflect and find a place of comfort.

The local charity is now inviting the local community to remember a loved one in their Garden of Memories. Every donation made will not only support the hospice’s flourishing gardens, but also help the charityto provide care for adults and children with life limiting conditions when they need it the most.

Volunteer Gardner, Nigel Faulkner, explains, “Whilst the world seemed to have slowed down, I have seen our care teams continue to offer the compassionate, personalised and dignified care to local people with life limiting illnesses and their families. The demand for hospice services is still here and we’re doing everything we can to help families spend precious time with each other.

Here at the hospice, all the patient rooms have access to our own beautiful and calm gardens. At a time when visitor numbers have been restricted due to coronavirus, the gardens have played a vital part in giving families the opportunity to visit their lovedone at a safe distance, allowing the opportunity to create cherished memories and allow for goodbyes which sadly so many other families have been missed out on.

“The Garden of Memories in Bitts Park has also been a focal point of much of our thoughts this year. Given everything we have all coped with this year, it is still in full bloom. Unfortunately, we are unable to host our memorial events in the garden this year, but we hope you will join us by taking part in this year’s Garden of Memories.

This year Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw are providing the local community with two ways to remember a loved one, support the hospice and help the gardens bloom. People can either make a donation or they can choose a flower in their Virtual Garden to remember a loved one. The money raised throughout Garden of Memoires will enable the local charity to provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to local people with life limiting illnesses.

As key workers, both the clinical and support staff teams at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw are here for the local community. The hospice is doing all it can during these times to continue to care to those in need, whilst following strict guidelines.

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw is open and continuing to provide care and compassion to local people with life limiting illnesses. The hospice is here for the local community and still supporting the NHS.

Nigel concluded, “Cherished memories and the chance to say goodbye whilst receiving high-quality hands-on nursing care, are so vital to both the local patients and families that are cared for here. This is only possible due to the kindness of people like you. Please, if you can, donate to ensure this continues.”

To find out more about supporting Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw’s Garden of Memories please click here or call the Fundraising Team on 01228 810801.