Refurbished Victoria Hospice Gardens Unveiled
A project to transform the garden within Victoria Hospice, significantly improving its accessibility, has been officially opened.
Patients, carers and staff have been heavily involved in the design of the new garden, which has been guided by the needs of patients.
Although well maintained, a significant section of the garden had previously been inaccessible for wheelchair users.
Landscaping work started earlier in the year, with accessibility improved across the garden, new seating allowing family and friends to sit alongside wheelchair users, and a new summerhouse installed.
Opening the garden were Fiona Mackenzie, Clinical Services Manager for the Hospice, and Darrian Wilson, whose partner Helen, a former patient, played an influential role in the design of the garden.
Patients, staff and carers celebrated with tea, coffee and cupcakes, and were treated to a performance by Burntisland Community choir.
The £40,000 refurbishment of the garden was funded using NHS Fife’s Endowment Fund.
Scott Sweaton, Senior Charge Nurse at Victoria Hospice, said: “The refurbishment has opened up the whole garden to patients and their loved ones, making it a relaxing and therapeutic area for all, regardless of their mobility.
“We are also now using the garden for a range of patient activities including relaxation and mindfulness sessions in the new summerhouse.
“We are grateful to patients, families and friends who have made additional contributions to make the garden extra special, including the furnishing of the summerhouse.”