Thousands of residents voted for the Hastingwood-based hospice as part of last November’s People’s Millions competition with ITV and St Clare were able to win the funding they needed to create a ‘Space to Breathe’ family garden.
Work on the project, which is being carried out by Harlow-based landscapers The Whitelaw Brothers, started last week and is expected to take around two months to complete.
Director of fundraising and marketing at St Clare, Elizabeth Palfreman, said: “It is wonderful work has now started on our ‘Space to Breathe’ garden and we can’t wait to see it starting to take shape over the coming weeks.
“We were thrilled and overwhelmed by the response of our community during the People’s Millions competition – polling an incredible 12,403 votes – and we very much feel that without the public’s support this important project would not be possible.”
She added: “As well as caring for the physical needs of those with a life-limiting illness, helping to relieve suffering and making them comfortable, we also care for their emotional wellbeing.
“As such, we know the many therapeutic benefits a garden can bring, so this project will make a very real difference to the lives of those we support and their loved ones.”
The tiered garden has been designed by landscape architects Liz Lake Associates, based in Stansted and will feature raised flower beds, a water feature, seating and wheelchair-friendly paving.
The garden will be accessed through the newly renovated family room on St Clare’s eight-bed inpatient unit.