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Commemorative Plaque for Blossoming Courtyard at Cancer Centre

THREE years on from a project to transform the courtyard space at Delamere Cancer Centre in Cheshire, staff from Redrow Homes have returned to install a plaque and see how the area has flourished.

In 2013 a group of university students on work placements with housebuilder Redrow undertook a volunteer community project to breathe new life into the garden area at the centre, based in Halton Hospital, Runcorn, in partnership with the Morgan Foundation, a charity funding organisation created by Redrow’s chairman Steve Morgan.

The students undertook the work and sourced materials such as planters and gravel from Redrow’s sub-contractors free of charge.

Almost three years on to the day that the new courtyard opened to patients at the centre, Clare Horton, Redrow’s trainee programmes manager, who oversaw the original makeover, returned to deliver the commemorative plaque and see the fruits of the students’ labour.

Clare said: “It was fantastic to return and see how much of a difference the garden has made to patients using the centre and how it’s matured. It’s not often that we have the opportunity to revisit a project such as this and hear from staff members at the centre about how well-loved and used the courtyard area is. A highlight of my visit was seeing a group of ducklings and their mother, who have made the area their home!”

Bev Collins, Macmillan support and information manager, said: “We’re so grateful that Redrow came up with the initial idea to revamp the garden as it’s really made the difference between it being a tidy space to it being somewhere fantastic for people to enjoy. It’s really well used by both patients and staff and everyone comments on how lovely it is. It’s now a mature garden and we were delighted to welcome Clare back to see its progress.”

For more details on Redrow’s undergraduate work placements and other training schemes visit www.redrowcareers.co.uk.