Horticulture at Home for our Peter Gillam Support Centre Patients

July 2020

One of the areas that our Peter Gillam Support Centre patients have missed the most during lockdown is our horticultural therapy sessions and our beautiful gardens.

One of our Therapy Assistants Kate, came up with the idea of taking the hospice horticulture to them. Kate picks up the story:

In ‘normal’ times I help run the therapeutic horticulture sessions at the Peter Gillam Day Centre. Since the Centre has been shut, I have been endeavouring to take some planting activities out to patients at home. This has proved to be very successful; the combinations of gardening and a chat are a great therapy for many, especially in these times of disruption.

Over the last few days, patients at home have proudly shown me how the seeds I delivered in April have grown into various plants, including tomatoes, pansies and parsley. It has been a vital link with the group that is so sadly missed by our day patients.

Patients like Freda (seen in this photograph) are being supported through Kate's wonderful remote therapies.

This is such a benefit to our patients within the community and it is funded by your support, thank you!

••You'll be able to hear an interview with Kate on this week's Salisbury Hospice Charity Podcast••

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