Harwich family open hospital Time Garden in memory of passionate fundraiser
A man whose wife was at the fore of a campaign to create a haven of tranquillity at Colchester Hospital for terminally ill patients has officially opened the space in her memory.
Colin Tye, from Harwich, cut the ribbon of the new Time Garden, which includes a fully equipped eco-friendly cabin, today.
His wife, Tracy, who was a former midwife at the hospital and a dedicated fundraiser for the project, died of cancer earlier this year.
Mr Tye, 57, who was joined by hospital volunteers, staff and his family, including sons Joe and James and daughter Jessica, said: “The new Time Garden means a lot to my family and meant a lot to my wonderful wife Tracy who sadly lost her battle with cancer early this year.
“She saw the Time Garden as a place where patients could come to find some peace and also spend time with loved ones, including pets.
“It is with her four beloved pups that I’m honoured to be opening the garden as part of her legacy.”
Interim Macmillan lead cancer nurse, Beverley Pickett, said she was “absolutely thrilled” to see the initiative come to life.
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The hospital’s medical director, Angela Tillett, said the garden would offer many benefits to patients.
“It can be difficult for patients and those close to them to have some private time away from the activity on the ward,” she added.
“The Time Garden will allow our patients to have that precious time in a relaxed and beautiful setting.”
Plants for the garden were donated by Beth Chatto Gardens, Perrywood Garden Centre and Olivers Plants.
The project has been made possible thanks to donations from the community and businesses.
While the garden is now open for use, a further £25,000 is needed to carry out final touches.