Gar­den makeover for Macmil­lan Cen­tre

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

GROUND Force came to North­wood this week as staff from Bar­clays Bank in Ruis­lip un­der­took a makeover of the gar­den in front of the Lynda Jack­son Macmil­lan Cen­tre (LJMC).

A team of 10 spent the day clear­ing and re­plant­ing the gar­den to pro­vide a wel­com­ing and at­trac­tive view as vis­i­tors ap­proach the Cancer Cen­tre.

The project was headed up by three vol­un­teers from the Lynda Jack­son Macmil­lan Cen­tre: Marie Baldry, Clive Gard­ner and Julie Wil­cox who had been plan­ning the de­sign for sev­eral months.

Caro­line Pear­son, head of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment projects for Bar­clays in the lo­cal area, heard about the project and of­fered the sup­port of the Ruis­lip branch. As well as pro­vid­ing the labour force, the bank also con­trib­uted to the cost of the plants.

Staff at the LJMC, which pro­vides sup­port and in­for­ma­tion for peo­ple af­fected by cancer, are de­lighted with the trans­for­ma­tion.

Head of Cen­tre, Rose­mary Lucey, said: “We are ex­tremely grate­ful to Caro­line and the team at Bar­clays, for their hard work in mak­ing the front of the cen­tre so at­trac­tive.

“It lifts ev­ery­one’s mood to see such a lovely gar­den and vis­i­tors to the cen­tre have al­ready com­mented on how much it has cheered them up.”

Thou­sands of peo­ple visit the LJMC each year where they ben­e­fit from the sup­port and in­for­ma­tion ser­vices that are pro­vided. The peace­ful haven of the LJMC is now re­flected out­side in the new gar­den.

n VOL­UN­TEERS: Staff from Bar­clays Bank in Ruis­lip helped to trans­form the gar­den at the Lynda Jack­son Macmil­lan Cen­tre

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