Abbey Wood Hospice wants a new ‘sensory’ garden

The Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice are asking for £6,793 to create a new garden area to help terminally ill patients and their families who are cared for at the Hospice in Abbey Wood.

The project will create a peaceful courtyard space outside the unit, which will be fully accessible to patients in wheelchairs and in moveable electric beds.

Louise Bishop, trust and major donor fund raiser, said: “Some of our patients might not have been able to access their gardens or local parks for a very long time and this will make a real difference to them at the end of their lives.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund. If we were successful, it would enable to help us transform a courtyard at the Hospice into an uplifting sensory garden.”

Councillor Danny Thorpe, deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration and sustainability, said: “The Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund will be a regular opportunity for community groups and local people to have a direct input into improving their neighbourhood and mitigate the impact of development for local people.

“I hope as many residents as possible get involved in letting us know their favourite local bid.” The money comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy(CIL),a scheme introduced by Government allowing councils to raise money from developments which is then used to deliver infrastructure improvements.

The voting process opened on Monday, February 19 and closes on Sunday, March 4. The winning proposals will be announced in late March.

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