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School children make-over a garden at The Lister Hospital, Stevenage

Pupils at school in Watton-at-Stone give hospital garden a revamp

ear 8 head boy Piers Martin, trust chairman Ian Morfett, Year 8 head girl Alice Baker, matron for care of the elderly Ken WestYear 8 head boy Piers Martin, trust chairman Ian Morfett, Year 8 head girl Alice Baker, matron for care of the elderly Ken West

A HOSPITAL garden designed by children at a Watton-at-Stone school has officially opened.

During the first week of July, pupils at Heath Mount School in Woodhall Park refurbished the area near the Strathmore Wing at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage as part of the Kissing it Better scheme, which aims to make a difference to the care of patients and their carers in hospitals and care homes.

The Year 8 youngsters obtained the plants for free from nearby nurseries.

Ian Morfett, the chairman of the East and North Herts NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “The children went to the nurseries and garden centres and pitched Apprentice-style, so not only have we got many Alan Titchmarshes, we’ve also got many Alan Sugars.

“We thank them for all their hard work which will be enjoyed by so many patients and staff.”

They planted flowers, painted a mural, hung bird houses and set up a Buggingham Palace insect hospital.

Sheila Troy, senior sister on Pirton Ward, said: “The children have done a wonderful job. They’ve made so much effort here, as they always do for the hospital.”

Heath Mount headteacher Bob Middleton said: “The children were very excited by the project and keen to contribute to improving the experience of those spending time at the hospital.

“They were delighted by the smiles it bought to the patients and carers and have gained a real understanding of how rewarding giving can be.”

Article Courtesy of The Hertfordshire Mercury, Friday 12th July 2013

Liz Pryor

Liz Pryor

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