Appeal receives £2,000 boost...

The Gardiner Hill Foundation has made a £2,000 donation to our landscaping appeal. 

As reported, we recently completed a redevelopment of the whole hospice site so we can provide additional services for people of all ages; we now have the landscaping to finish.

The Gardiner Hill Foundation is a local charity established to enhance and enrich the lives of people with mental health illness and to promote good mental help.

It works alongside and supplements funded services, supports people in terms of empowerment and provides practical assistance to other organisations supporting vulnerable people.

It's the preferred charity of the Navigo Health and Social Care Community Interest Group, which provides mental health services locally.

The foundation takes its name from Robert Gardiner Hill, a Louth-born doctor who championed the rights of people with mental health problems in the 1800s. He is widely credited with being the first superintentent of a small asylum to develop treatments which did not rely on mechanical restraint and coercion, something that was finally achieved in 1838.

The hospice applied to the foundation for support and has received £2,000.

Jane Whenham-White, head of income generation, said: "We are so grateful for the foundation's help with the landscaping appeal.

"It was a huge project and now we just have the final bits to finish - two courtyards, an area of contemplation and an external space adjacent to the public hub.

"The total cost is going to be £46,850. That’s a lot of money, so we are delighted that the foundation is making a significant contribution, and we are hoping that some of our supporters and especially people who really understand how important hospice services are, will want to help."

Local firm Signs Express has agreed to produce 1,874 flower-shaped metal weather-proof bells which will be engraved with a name of your choice and can be hung in the grounds of the hospice.

We are selling these for £25 each which, if we sell them all, will fully fund the landscaping of four areas at the hospice.

If you can help, please call Jane Whenham-White on 01472 350908.

To apply for support from the foundation, call 01472 583053 or email

Picture: Jane Whenham-White and Jo Walker, from the foundation.

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