Linda opens staff secret garden
17 October 2016
Linda Green is forever thankful to Southend Hospital’s Urology Department as she believes they have saved her life, twice.
The 67 year old from Benfleet wanted to give something back in
gratitude for the care she received, so she donated £1,000 to the
department to help fund the creation their own garden retreat.
As well as Linda's kind gesture, there were also donations by
Southend Daylight Lodge and CADGERS
(Cancer Discussion Group For Education Reassurance
Support), a support group for patients and family members affected
by urology cancers, many of whom have been patients at Southend,
who paid for the remainder of the project.
When the Urology Department was refurbished, it highlighted that
a small outside area could do with an update as well, so thanks to
the donations and work of the hospitals' Estates Team, the area has
been transformed into a garden retreat for staff.
Ann French, Lead Urology Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist,
said: "Linda is one of our longstanding patients and we thought
developing an outside space was a perfect way to utilise this
lovely donation as many of the clinic rooms have no windows and our
staff room is very small."
The garden space has been enjoyed all summer but Linda made the
official opening with a ceremonial cutting of a ribbon, followed by
homemade tea and cake made by the staff.
Linda said: "They've just done so much for me, they've saved my
life and I'm just so proud that I could help give something back in
this way. It is so rewarding for my husband and I to have made the
donation, to see exactly how the funds have been used, and to hear
how the Urology Team really do appreciate and use the area."
Roger Bassett, CADGERS Chairman, added: "The donations enabled
the department to complete the project. It now has a table
and chairs, plants and is just a nice place to be for hard working
Urology staff to take time out of their busy day, even if it is
just for ten minutes."