Investment project code: 3
PPWH provides specialist palliative care for people aged 16 or over with life limiting illnesses. The Hospice in Bellahouston Park has 750 volunteers including younger and older people as well as people with English as a second language. This includes 20 volunteers who plant and maintain the areas in front and around patient bedrooms, so that patients can view the gardens from their bed or their own courtyard. This induces relaxation and is known to reduce pain and symptoms.
The Hospice wishes to extend its gardening project for their patient and family gardens, bringing together the community and reducing social isolation. Equipment and machinery will be needed to support this. The Hospice has applied separately for funding to employ a gardener to manage the gardens and organise/develop volunteers and start a market garden, working with volunteers to grow produce for use in the kitchen, to make meals for patients, families, staff and visitors, and make takeaway meals for lower income families at a small cost. This additional application is for funding for equipment needed to maintain and enrich the gardens. Funding request: £2,764 to fund gardening machinery and equipment.