Jim, Paul and Katharine put their gardening skills to the test this month alongside volunteers from The Holiday Inn Washington and Washington Rotary Club to help create a new ‘Nest and Rest’ sensory garden for Sunderland based children’s charity, Grace House.
Grace House provides support for children and young people from across the North East living with challenging illnesses. Providing specialist services that support the whole family, the new garden will offer a fun, secure and safe place not only for respite and relaxation, but through the integration of stimulating features, opportunity for therapies and reflection.
The teams spent the day helping with a variety of tasks including; levelling and raking topsoil ready for the arrival of the new plants, weeding some of the existing beds and helping the project team with the laying of the paths that form part of the new garden’s design.
“It was an absolute privilege to spend the day helping out in the garden and to gain an insight into the fantastic work that Grace House does. It was clear just how much this garden will mean to the children that come and stay there, their families and the staff at Grace House and we were delighted to be able to help.” Katharine Hawking
The team thoroughly enjoyed the day working hard alongside the project team from Bespoke Outdoor Spaces who are carrying out the work and learned a lot about the work that Grace House does and how volunteering like this makes a big difference!