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Couple dig deep to boost hospital garden

Worcester Editorial 23rd Oct, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A GREEN-fingered couple are digging deep to spruce up a special garden at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

David and Cynthia Eastwood, both Royal Voluntary Service volunteers, have given up their spare time to refresh the maternity bereavement garden.

The small garden, outside the Fay Turner suite, is where women and their families who have lost a baby can spend some time away from it all to gather their thoughts.

Fay Turner was a medical secretary at Ronkswood Hospital whose family donated money to the maternity department to create the bereavement suite in September 1994.

Patti Paine, head of midwifery, thought it was time to brighten the place up, and she asked volunteer coordinator Liz Williams if anyone could help her.

David and Cynthia Eastwood were keen to put their names down for the job.

The couple already volunteer once a week as Wayfinders at the hospital, helping point patients and visitors in the right direction.

David said: “We enjoy gardening and we’ve had some good advice on what is this best thing to grow here.  We’re aiming to keep things low maintenance and to plant plenty of shrubs.

Mrs Paine added: “We have families who come back every year to remember the child they lost.

“We are so grateful to David and Cynthia for their help to brighten things up, it will really make a difference to parents at such a difficult time.”

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