Peter lives on through me­mo­rial gar­den

Bray People - - PICTURES -

THERE WAS a great turnout at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the De­men­tia Friendly Gar­den at St Colum­cille’s Hos­pi­tal re­cently.

The gar­den out­side St Joseph’s ‘Care of the El­derly’ Ward aims to cre­ate a safe and ther­a­peu­tic out­door space for pa­tients with de­men­tia.

The idea for the gar­den came about fol­low­ing the death of Peter Tip­ping who was a vol­un­teer with Dif­fer­ence Days, a com­pany which cre­ates a day that gives peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity.

In Jan­uary of this year, Peter passed away sud­denly.

Dif­fer­ence Days ap­proached St Colum­cille’s Hos­pi­tal ask­ing to do some­thing at the hos­pi­tal in mem­ory of Peter. Dif­fer­ence Days team up with Monkstown Hockey Club to cre­ate the spe­cial gar­den.

It took just one day to cre­ate the gar­den as more than 140 vol­un­teers from Dif­fer­ence Days, Monkstown Hockey Club, staff of St Colum­cille’s Hos­pi­tal and the fam­ily of the late Peter Tip­ping joined forces to un­der­take the spe­cial project.

The gar­den was of­fi­cially opened last Thurs­day by Den­zil and Hazel Tip­ping, par­ents of the late Peter Tip­ping.

The fam­ily of the later Peter Tip­ping: Sam Hohn, Den­zil Tip­ping, Hazel Tip­ping, Gill Hohn, Rachel Hohn and Graham Hohn.

Den­zil and Hazel Tip­ping, De­nis’s par­ents’, with De­nis O’Reilly from Dif­fer­ence Days and Hi­lary Flynn from Lough­lin­stown Hos­pi­tal.

Chloe Con­nolly, Sean Cun­ning­ham, Jen­nifer McKen­zie and Sybil Con­nolly, the fam­ily of John and Dorothy McKen­zie, who gave a do­na­tion in their mem­ory to­wards the gar­den.

Den­zil and Hazel Tip­ping cut the rib­bon on the gar­den.

Dr Ro­nan Cana­van from the Friends of St Colum­cille’s ac­cepts a cheque from Gil­lian Conroy and Louise McCor­mack on be­half of the staff.

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