NHS Fife Endowment Funding Boost for Hospice Project
From left - Ed Cairns (Staff Nurse, Ward 16), Fiona Mackenzie (Clinical Service Manager), Anne Morton (Chair of the Queen Margaret Hospice Garden Group), Martin Black (NHS Fife Board Member), Rona Laing (NHS Fife Board Member)
A COMMUNITY project to transform an unused courtyard area at Queen Margaret Hospital into a dedicated garden for hospice patients has received a significant funding boost from NHS Fife Endowment Funds.
Up to £25,000 of funds has been made available to the project – a collaboration between members of the public and representatives from health services.
At present the Queen Margaret Hospice in Ward 16 has no direct access to outside space, however, this is all set to change thanks to the vision of the Queen Margaret Hospice Garden Group who are seeking to transform the area into an oasis of calm for patients, friends and families to enjoy.
Tricia Marwick, Chair of NHS Fife, said: “We are delighted that up to £25,000 of NHS Fife Endowment Funds will support this very worthwhile project.
“We all know the tremendous difference the hospice makes to patients and their loved ones and a dedicated garden will further improve their experience.
“The enthusiasm of the Queen Margaret Hospice Garden Group is to be commended, and I look forward to seeing the transformation of this space into a fantastic garden that patients and their families can enjoy.”
Fiona Mackenzie, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s Clinical Service Manager for the Hospice, said: “This is a great opportunity to improve the environment and extend further care for patients and families. The team are heartened by the approach from the community and we are excited to see what we can achieve together.”
Anne Morton, Chair of the Queen Margaret Hospice Garden Group says: “I’ve been struck by the number of local people who are all too familiar with the quality provision of this hospice. Having seen the unused courtyard, I am certain the provision of a garden would improve the lives of many in otherwise very difficult situations. We are now appealing to the communities of West Fife to get behind the project. We are keen to hear from anyone enthusiastic to support the project, help fundraise, get involved in building the garden, or maintaining it once it is complete.”
The dedicated area is envisaged as a garden with multiple therapeutic spaces, where patients and their families can sit together and enjoy a natural environment. The area will be fully accessible and professionally designed.
To find out more about the project and to get involved visit the Facebook Page ‘Queen Margaret Hospice Garden’.