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Posted 05 April 2019

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We’re creating a new memorial garden at Lindsey Lodge Hospice

We’re working with Lindsey Lodge Hospice and British Steel to design and create a brand new memorial garden.

Plans were given the green light after British Steel donated almost £25k for the project, which is the biggest donation ever made to Lindsey Lodge Hospice by a single business.

The garden will allow patients and their families to spend time outside at the hospice, as well as providing an area where bereaved families can remember loved ones. It’s also hoped that the area will be accessible for local school children, and a new gardening club.

We have been brought in to provide the design and materials, and our volunteers and staff are providing labour free of charge. The garden will include special features such as a large wheelchair friendly patio area, planting areas, laurel screening and a sculpture, which British Steel apprentices are currently working on.

Andy Mcfadden, Neighbourhood Services Team Leader said: “When we were asked to get involved in this project, we were totally honoured.

“We know the amazing work Lindsey Lodge Hospice do, and many staff from Ongo have experienced firsthand, so for us it’s great that we can give something back.”

Karen Griffiths, Chief Executive at the Burringham Road-based hospice, said: "This is a significant sum of money and means we will be 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.”

Martin Welch, Compliance Manager and Community Steering Group Member at British Steel said: "The hospice provides excellent care for patients with life-limiting conditions and the garden will be complementary to this compassionate care and will also provide comfort to families after their loved ones have passed away.

"It makes us very proud to be able to invest in a garden transformation that will bring peace and harmony to people in our communities as they face some of life’s toughest challenges.

"And to have a steel sculpture designed and built by own apprentices as the focal point of the garden will be a great tribute to the relationship the steel industry has shared with the hospice over many years."

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