“It was a big project but one that badly needed doing and the end result is incredible” – hard-working corporate volunteers transform the sensory garden at Milton

A children’s hospice sensory garden has been transformed into a “stunning, tranquil and soothing place for reflection” after being given a major facelift by kind-hearted volunteers. Volunteers from international consultancy and construction company Mace and two of its trade partners carried out the work completely free of charge after offering their services to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The team spent two days at EACH’s Milton hospice, digging out the existing limestone and soil pathway before laying new concrete – widening the path in the process. They also re-concreted a corner area, making it accessible to wheelchairs and beds.

The Mace team were supported on one of the days by volunteers from St James’ Place Wealth Management. Hannah Forbester, EACH Corporate Fundraiser, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled and couldn’t be more grateful to our friends at Mace and their partners, Clipfine and Getjar.

“In addition to supplying volunteers and materials free of charge, they also appointed a project manager and construction team. Between them, and with the fantastic support of the St James’ Place team, they’ve done a phenomenal job – effectively tearing up the pathway and starting again.

“It was a big project but one that badly needed doing and the end result is incredible. The sensory garden is now a stunning, tranquil and soothing place for reflection and I’m sure it’s somewhere families will enjoy spending time.”

Since the work has been completed, gardening volunteers from the hospice have been busy adding sensory items, including planting lavender. Solomon Prestidge, Associate Director for Mace Construct, said: “EACH is a cause close to all our hearts and it has been a privilege to lend our support.

“Everyone on the team was only too happy to help renovate the path so families can enjoy the beautiful garden. We all recognise the important role the charity has in Cambridge and the enormous comfort the EACH team gives to families across the region.”

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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