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chris lynch

Wood Green 

My Mum's residential home needs a garden makeover. She used to love her garden when she lived with my father, who sadly passed away six years ago. He was always out in their garden pottering around whilst she sat with her cup of tea chatting to him. Sadly after he passed away, it became apparent after a few years all was not well with Mum. She has vascular dementia, coupled with osteoarthritis in both knees resulting in her now permanently being in a wheelchair. The home is run by a not for profit Company, which has 8 other homes around the South East of London. The caring staff who daily look after Mum and the other residents are lovely caring kind people. They work long hours and don't do it for the money. Mum and the other residents have a good quality of life because of the carers. The home has 120 residents who reside in suites of 15. Each suite has its own kitchen/dining room and lounge. On the second floor is a piazza café/bar and hairdressing salon. There is some refurbishment taking place internally, but for a not for profit company, obviously budgets are tight. If the home could win a garden make over it would not just be for my Mum but for another 119 residents. But also the relatives residents when they visit could also enjoy the garden as well as the staff on their breaks. If we could have a makeover for the garden, it would just be the best news for all. The garden currently does have a bit of a patio area but the paths are not geared to push wheelchairs on. It is not a big garden but big enough to be adapted for all to enjoy the outdoors especially as the home is a good 15 minute walk to the nearest shop/coffee shop. It would be great for the lovely ladies and gentlemen, after years of probably tending their own gardens to be able to sit and enjoy a coffee or tea in the gardens.What could be nicer than a fabulous garden to enjoy during the summer and winter months. An oasis of peace and tranquillity. It would be lovely if Mum's home in Sidcup, could be considered. Not 1, not 10, not even 100, but more than 200 residents/their relatives and staff would benefit from a garden makeover!

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