Queen Margaret Hospice Garden Opened
A remarkable community project, which has transformed an unused courtyard area at Queen Margaret Hospital into a dedicated therapeutic garden for hospice patients, has been officially opened.
The new Queen Margaret Hospice Garden was opened by Cathy Simpson, from Lochgelly, whose late son Stevie was a patient in the hospice.
Patients, staff, families, friends and supporters came together to celebrate the culmination of a year’s dedicated work which has seen the area developed into a tranquil and reflective space.
The project, a collaboration between the community-led Queen Margaret Garden Group and NHS Fife, has been supported by individuals, families and businesses from across Fife.
Previously, the Queen Margaret Hospice in Ward 16 had no direct access to outside space. The new garden, which is fully accessible, now provides an alternative area for patients and families to spend time together.
Funding for the project has come from NHS Fife’s Endowment Funds, several trusts, individual donations and through extensive fund-raising.
Tricia Marwick, Chair of NHS Fife, said: “This has been a remarkable community effort and one which will provide significant benefits for patients and their families.
“It would not have been possible without the vision and work of the Queen Margaret Hospice Garden Group, and the dedicated input from our staff and the community itself.
“So many people have played their part - countless individuals, families and groups have contributed donations and time – our sincere thanks to everybody who has been involved in this wonderful project.”
Fiona Mackenzie, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s Clinical Service Manager for the Hospice, said: “This project has been a fantastic example of team working. Community involvement has been key throughout and together we have achieved a great deal.
“The garden will make a tremendous difference to our patients and their families.”
Anne Morton, Chair of the Queen Margaret Hospice Garden Group, said: This partnership between the community and the NHS has, in one year, produced an amazing outdoor private space for patients and families. This garden is a gift to the Hospice ward with gratitude for the quality service they provide. The community involvement will continue, to keep funding coming in, and to maintain the garden in the years ahead.”
Volunteers will maintain the gardens throughout the year, with plans for further development reflecting feedback from patients, staff and visitors.