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Linda opens staff secret garden

17 October 2016

Fundraising

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."