Polytunnel dedicated to Trustee’s wife opens at LOROS

Published on 14th July 2021

A generous gift from a dedicated ex-trustee in memory of his wife has enabled LOROS Hospice to create a valuable gardening facility for patients.

Peter Parsons, who served as a trustee to the charity between 2009 and 2015, donated nearly £20,000 to create and equip a permanent polytunnel, in the name of his late wife Shirley, who was an enthusiastic gardener.

John Knight, LOROS Chief Executive said: “We are hugely grateful to Peter for his very generous gesture. It’s been a real ambition of our organisation to have a polytunnel as it’s very therapeutic for patients to get their hands dirty and plant seeds and bulbs. Peter has made this dream come true.”

“It also enables us to use the home grown produce in cooking for our patients, ensuring they get nutritious vitamin packed meals with no food miles at all!”

The polytunnel is equipped with raised beds and tables to fit wheelchair users so patients can easily use the facility.

Speaking at the official opening of the polytunnel on Friday 9th July, Canon Philip Norwood, who is a close friend of the family, paid tribute to Shirley Parson’s generosity of spirit, saying: “This memorial created for the LOROS community is a sign of Shirley’s contribution to others, and it is something which will be growing and evolving with time.”

With courgettes, tomatoes, potatoes and chili plants already growing there, the space is already being put to good use.

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