10 students, aged 15-17, are all taking part in a 4-week National Citizen Service programme and have embarked on a summer of having fun, learning new skills and making a difference to local communities.
As part of the programme, students are taking part in a Social Action project which includes identifying needs in the local community, planning how to make a difference and fundraising to gather the resources needed to take on the project.
After identifying a need in the local community for more green spaces, help for local families and improving mental health the team suggested that they would like to volunteer at Teesside Hospice to work in the garden, as this would benefit all those involved with the hospice. As Teesside Hospice is close to many of the students hearts, they were keen to make a comfortable environment for patients and their families.
The team decided to take part in a sponsored 8 mile walk from Redcar to Marske in order to raise funds to buy items for the gardens. A total of £440 was raised which the students used to buy flowers, shrubs and perennials to be planted in the garden.
Over the course of a week the students have cleared the gardens, jet washed the patios and planted lots of gorgeous flowers. Jimmy, Maintenance Officer at Teesside Hospice said: “They have all been brilliant, they have worked so hard and we are so grateful. The gardens look fantastic and so many different people benefit from them, it’s a lovely calming place and provides a safe space for our patients and their families to take a break.
Jimmy continued, "Many of the team have said they've enjoyed their time at the hospice so much that they'd like to come back and volunteer again. This is going to be such a big help to us as we are always desperate for volunteer gardeners."
Harry, 17, said: “I’ve really enjoyed being here and helping out, it’s nice to help the local community and it’s been fun. The hospice is a much happier place than I expected, everyone is kind and it’s like one big happy family.”
Thank you to this fantastic team for all of your help and hard work - you are all amazing!
If you would like to become a volunteer gardener at Teesside Hospice please click here for more details.
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