Hospice garden grows thanks to grant

Volunteer Keith Sleightholme completed the regeneration of the garden
Volunteer Keith Sleightholme completed the regeneration of the garden
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Whitby Day Hospice has received a £500 grant from the Co-operative Community Fund to help regenerate its gardens.

The fund is created by members of the Co-operative Group who choose to donate all, or part, of their twice-yearly dividend payments to the scheme.

The restored day hospice garden

The restored day hospice garden

Shirley Schofield, from Whitby Day Hospice, said: “We are thrilled with this generous funding from The Co-operative, which will enable us to re-generate our garden area with plants, stones and better access. Our garden is hugely appreciated by visitors wishing to take time out to remember loved ones and this grant will make a big difference to our patients and their families.”

Payments are based on the points members earn when they trade at any of the Group’s businesses, including Food, Travel, Pharmacy and Funeralcare, amongst others. Funds are then allocated by local members’ committees to local groups and community projects, based on a set of values and principles including social responsibility and caring for others.

Chris Forrest, membership officer for The Co-operative’s North region said that he was proud the Co-operative is able to assist local charities, and added: “There is around £200,000 available in the Community Fund in this region each year, and we welcome applications from local groups and projects for £100 to £2,000.”

The funding has helped the Whitby Hospice regenerate its garden area with plants, stones and better access.

Community Fund application forms are available online at www.cooperative.coop/communityfund or by phoning 0844 262 4001.