Community hospital garden set to help patients with cancer

A NEW hospital community garden for cancer patients has been officially opened – thanks to the dedication of a team of businessmen who helped transform it.

 
The garden at the University Hospital of North Tees used to be an unused open space in one of the courtyard areas.
 
That’s until members of the invoice finance team at Siemens Financial Services heard about it.

The team offered to fund new equipment and plants as well as free up their own time to carry out the work.

Hardy and Brookes also came forward by kindly donating fencing, while MKM Building Supplies, Stockton supplied the timer free of charge .

This week volunteers and people connected to the trust’s cancer information centre came along to see the end result.

Alan Chandler, Macmillan information and survivorship manager, said: “What the team have done is absolutely fantastic.
 
“They have transformed this unused open space into a beautiful area where people can come to – a nice peaceful space for patients to visit,
 
“Without the work of the staff at Siemens this wouldn’t have been possible.”
 
Pulin Trivedi, from Siemens Financial Services, visited the garden this week to speak to patients and volunteers.
 
He said: “We regularly carry out community projects – Siemens as a company do a great deal of charity and community work.
 
“The team all really enjoyed being a part of this project, it’s something that is going to make a real difference to patients.
 
“Speaking to patients and volunteers this week about the impact this will have has been fantastic
 
“It’s fantastic to know we have been a part of something which will of direct benefit to patients.
 
“I’d like to thank Alan and the whole cancer information centre team for all of their input in helping us make a real difference.”

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