SLIDESHOW: St Luke’s Hospice supporters celebrate new garden opening

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St Luke’s Hospice supporters enjoyed the fresh air at a special party to celebrate the opening of its new garden.

The new garden, at the Little Common Lane site, has been created to make the outdoor space more accessible for some of the hospice’s patients.

St lukes Garden Party to celebrate the opening of the new gardens to the rear of the building

St lukes Garden Party to celebrate the opening of the new gardens to the rear of the building

Previously many patients, especially those in wheelchairs, bed-bound or with visual impairments, were unable to enjoy the garden due to the steep paths and heavy wooden furniture.

A St Luke’s spokesman said: “Following the completion of the £5 million rebuilding and extension of the hospice’s In Patient Centre, it was felt that a new garden was needed - one that should be much more accessible for users.

“The vision for the garden was to create a healing place - tranquil, private and part of the holistic care St Luke’s offers to all patients.

“Access to the outdoors and pleasant views from a bed improve patients’ mental health, reduce their need for painkillers and help create a greater sense of well being.”

The new garden was specially created for improved access, with wider paths making it easier for both wheelchairs and beds to get outside.

All the planting has been carried out with the aim of creating a sensory experience for both patients and visitors.

At the centre of the new garden is a specially created garden room, which will be used by patients both for general relaxation and for treatments by the hospice’s well being team.

The guests at the garden party on Saturday were the many people from Sheffield who supported the projected by making donations for the work to be carried out.

Every year St Luke’s cares for around 1,500 patients, and supports their families and carers – helping about 5,000 people in total.

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