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Team members from Newbury Building Society’s Thatcham and Newbury branch lent their gardening skills to West Berkshire Community Hospital and Newbury & District Cancer Care Trust to help spruce up the rainbow garden – an open space overlooked by the rainbow rooms.
Tasks included general gardening work, planting and repotting, tidying up the vegetable garden and greenhouse to help cultivate a pleasant and aesthetically-pleasing area for patients and their families to enjoy.
Nicola King-Head, Senior Customer Service Adviser at the Society’s Newbury branch said: “We hope our work will give the charity the freedom to spend their time ensuring patients and families receive the attention and support they need. It was amazing to see the garden well-planned out with lots of different areas – flower beds, a vegetable plot, small grass areas, potted flower tub areas, small statues and ornaments spread around to see and enjoy. During our visit there were a few patients brought outside to eat their lunches and it was lovely to hear them talk about being able to get out in the sunshine, something a lot of people take for granted.”
Debbie Brockett, Senior Customer Service Adviser at the Society’s Thatcham branch continued: “Volunteering for Newbury & District Cancer Care Trust not only demonstrated the Society’s continued commitment to the charity; I personally enjoyed giving something back to the community.”