We have been shortlisted to receive up to £12,000 as part of Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Tesco, in conjunction with Groundwork, have selected three community projects in the region to be awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. The project with the highest number of votes in store will receive the top prize.
The Hospice will use the funds to create a fully accessible dementia friendly sensory garden on the grass lawn at the front of the building. This unique outdoor space will provide a safe and peaceful environment that encourages gentle physical activity and can help to improve the physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of all palliative care patients at the Hospice.
Sylvia Gainford, from Framwellgate Moor, is a day guest at the Hospice who accesses the free of charge services each week. Sylvia says: “To me the gardens here at the Hospice are the most peaceful place on the planet. When I first started coming here I was instantly drawn to the outdoor spaces. A friend of mine once said to me, that spending time in a garden can be healing and I truly do believe that. Being able to sit and relax comfortably in the gardens is a joy. The new plans for the sensory garden sound wonderful to me.”
The new landscaping of the lawn will allow all five senses to be stimulated. An abundance of large bright flowers will appeal to the eye. Beautiful scents from flowers and herbs will fill the air. Raised beds will allow soft grasses and foliage to be touched. Edible plants will tantalise the taste buds. Finally, the centre of the garden will host a water feature providing the relaxing sound of running water.
Votes can be cast in four stores in the region; Tesco Extra Dragonville, Durham Market Place, Langley Moor Metro and North Road Express until 13th November.