Hundreds of people turned out for the Lindsey Lodge Hospice Garden Party, which was made extra special this year when Mayor of North Lincolnshire Cllr Jonathan Evison officially opened its new garden, made possible thanks to an investment of almost £25,000 from British Steel’s Landfill Communities Funding scheme earlier this year.
The new garden, which was designed by award winning garden designer John Cavill and developed by Ongo, has also been complimented with a new summer house, generously donated to Lindsey Lodge by Hospice Patrons Jason Threadgold Funeral Directors.
Lindsey Lodge Hospice Chief Executive Karen Griffiths said: “We are extremely grateful to British Steel for investing money from it Landfill Communities Funding scheme in our new garden.
“This is a significant sum of money and means we have been able to totally transform the space to provide patients, families, visitors and members of the Lindsey Lodge team with a beautiful place to spend valuable time together and a peaceful solitary spot when they need space for reflection.
“Thanks also to John Cavill, Ongo and all of their sub-contractors for their work in designing and project managing the new garden, and to Jason and Nichola Threadgold and team for donating the beautiful summer house, which really does act as a fantastic focal point. I’m sure it will be a very welcome and popular spot for people to enjoy the garden all year round for many years to come.”
She added: “We are extremely grateful to Mayor of North Lincolnshire Cllr Jonathan Evison for officially opening the garden, which was made extra poignant by a debut performance from our new choir, Hospice Harmonies.”
The Hospice provides specialist palliative care for people with life limiting illnesses from North Lincolnshire. It is independent from the NHS, and receives only a small percentage of funding of its £3.5 million running costs, which means the remainder must be raised by donations and fundraising activities.
The Garden Party is a very popular event in the Hospice’s fundraising calendar, and this year thanks to a whole host of stalls, games and refreshments, including special appearances from Hospice mascot Lindsey Bear and TV favourites Peppa and George Pig, the grand total raised was over £4,400.
Karen added: “A huge thank you to everyone for making this year’s event so memorable and such a huge success, and for their continued support of Lindsey Lodge Hospice!”
The Scunthorpe steel industry’s relationship with Lindsey Lodge Hospice stretches back over many years. And in 2017 and 2018 British Steel supported the charity as its Community Partner, raising £22,623 for the organisation.