Local businesses in MK turned up in force on Friday February 17th at the invitation of the MKCPP to help recreate beautiful, stress reducing courtyard gardens for Spring, outside the Macmillan cancer chemotherapy facilities at MK Hospital.
When MK Cancer Patient Partnership volunteers Richard Freeman and Jaff Newton, both keen gardeners, looked at tackling a Spring makeover for the courtyard gardens outside the Macmillan Unit at MK Hospital, they realised they needed help.
Enter kind philanthropist Amy Smart of MK company Benchmarx Joinery and within days she had rallied everything needed, working closely with Richard and Jaff whose charity, the MKCPP, is an information hub, networking forum and resources team combining patients, carers, doctors, nurses, other charities and many more local people connected with cancer.
Amy’s fiancé, who works for Travis Perkins in Bletchley, helped Amy, Richard and Jaff put together lorry loads of everything from astroturf to paving slabs to bedding plants and even small trees – all donated by their colleagues and local Travis Perkins suppliers.
A brilliant joint effort
“This is a great team of customers and colleague support. All workers were asked once and did not hesitate; they have all been incredible,” said Amy. “I have raised money for various cancer charities since my teens, breast cancer support, cancer research, leukaemia and lymphoma research. Now again this year as well as raising money for Macmillan I wish to work to support everyone affected by cancer in MK hospital.”
“Macmillan means a lot to me because of the care they provide to patients is always world class and the nurses always make you feel so welcome,” said Dan Rodgers, one of the volunteer workers. “Having this garden redone will hopefully make everyone’s lives a little bit happier.”
Participating donors and workers for the garden project include Prestige Lawns, M Buck & Son Landscape, Mears Group, Woodlands Business Park, Hunters Farm Shop, Dobbies Garden Centre community team, Benchmarx, Travis Perkins, Travis Perkins Tool Hire, local charity Box Garden, and Natural Paving.
Photos by Jane Russell Photography
An abridged version of this article also appeared in the Milton Keynes Citizen.