28.10.2016 - Mick George Ltd get green fingered at Addenbrooke's Hospital

The creation of a stunning new ‘Community Garden’ at Addenbrooke’s Hospital got underway today, after receiving a six-figure investment from local business Mick George Ltd.

The vision is to replace the existing uninspiring and inadequate facility; in to a modern garden, that is an idyllic and calming outdoor space for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy. The picturesque and tranquil design, will feature seated areas, water features, iconic sculptures and beautiful plantations.

Research suggests that ‘green space’ can be hugely beneficial in a patient’s rehabilitation journey, an area that represents life and health, arousing the senses, providing a complete contrast to the often stressful and intense clinical environment.

Spokespersom, at Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust says, “The team at Addenbrooke’s has been eagerly awaiting the start of the project since the announcement of our successful application to the Mick George Community Fund. We are over the moon that we can give local people a beautiful garden during treatment, visiting a loved one or just passing by.”

It is anticipated that in excess of 600,000 visitors per annum will pass through the garden, in addition to those who have natural viewpoints from accommodation, offices and the Outpatient Hall. Longer term, the outdoor space may become an extension of the waiting space accessed directly from the Hall.

The project and concept has been largely developed around feedback from a dedicated focus group made up of former patients who have genuine experience of what’s desired. The location will be a place for all to gather thoughts, engage with others or simply just be used as somewhere to take a break.

Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’This project represents the biggest single investment the business has made through the ‘Community Fund’ programme, that in itself shows how much we support the incredible work being conducted by the Hospital and the positive impact it is having on lives of so many people in our local community.’’

Stump Continued: ‘’We have been looking forward to getting the development underway and seeing the transformation. I’m sure the garden will be a much welcomed addition to the site, enjoyed by all attending the Hospital for the long term future.’’

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