£80k Appeal for LOROS garden of light and reflection

Appeal for LOROS garden of light and reflectionLocal companies and individuals are being sought to sponsor or donate specific items for a Garden of Light and Reflection that is to be installed at LOROS, the Leicestershire and Rutland hospice. A garden appeal has been launched to raise capital for this special garden which will first be shown at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July and then installed permanently at LOROS.

A team of professional designers and landscape contractors have offered their services free of charge to design and build a Show Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the UK’s largest Gardening show, in July 2011 in order to raise the profile of LOROS and heighten awareness of the therapeutic benefits of gardens in hospices. The garden will be installed permanently at LOROS in August/September this year as an enduring feature of the hospice. The LOROS Garden Appeal has been launched to raise capital for this project, over and above the annual LOROS fund-raising target of approximately £4 million which is required to provide patient care. Already £25K has been pledged in pro-bono support, materials and labour, but the appeal team is looking for another £55K to complete the project.

It is widely acknowledged that time spent looking at or within a beautiful garden can help a patient come to terms with an incurable illness and can provide a restful retreat for visitors and staff. The gardens at LOROS are undergoing a programme of rejuvenation to optimise these therapeutic benefits, with as much of the work as possible being carried out by groups of volunteers. The Garden of Light and Reflection encapsulates the garden provision at LOROS and reflects the ethnic diversity of Leicester. It stimulates all the senses with vibrant colours in plants and materials, scented and tactile flowers and foliage, the sound of water and rustling foliage and the provision of edible fruits. The centre piece of the garden is a glass mosaic sculpture by Rebecca Newnham, constantly changing as it reflects the colour and movement of its surroundings.

Pauline Pitts of Lyndon Landscapes, who is project managing both the appeal and the garden said: “We are looking for a headline sponsor for Hampton Court and for local companies and individuals to sponsor or donate specific items. We’re also looking for volunteers to assist with installing the garden once it moves to LOROS.”

Full information is available at www.lorosgarden.org.uk
which also has a link to the Virgin Money LOROS garden appeal online donation page,
any donation however small will be gratefully received.