Green-fingered volunteers transform garden at hospital’s cancer unit

MPMC Santandar hospital garden
MPMC Santandar hospital garden

Cancer patients at Milton Keynes Hospital are to benefit from a new garden thanks to green-fingered volunteers from Santander.

Staff from Santander’s head office in Milton Keynes have been redeveloping the hospital’s Macmillan cancer unit garden to provide a new, relaxing experience for patients and their families.

The project finished last week as volunteers planted flowers and painted benches to make the garden a bright and colourful space to spend time in.

With the support of Scotland-based landscapers GP Plantscapes, the new garden features seating areas and paved walkways – based on a design chosen by patients, visitors and staff on the cancer unit.

The redeveloped garden will be officially launched on Friday, September 28, with staff, patients, former patients, friends and supporters attending.

Santander’s national facilities manager, Dave Lovett, said: “Milton Keynes Hospital cancer unit is a very exciting project for Santander in 2014. The staff have all really got behind the project and taken this to their hearts – some of our colleagues have personally been affected by cancer and this adds a personal touch to the project. We hope to give patients a relaxing area to go during their stay in hospital.”

Vanessa Holmes, head of fundraising, said: “People giving their time to the hospital is just as important as donations. Thank you so much to Santander, GP Plantscapes and all the volunteers who have taken time out to support our cancer unit. It really has been transformed.”

For further information, email fundraising@mkhospital.nhs.uk or call Vanessa Holmes, on 01908 826690.