A voluntary task force of staff from the Bristol Marriott City Centre put their green fingers to work to help prepare the St Peter’s Hospice gardens in Brentry for the National Open Gardens event.
The award-winning gardens were opened to the public on Sunday 29 June and Sunday 6 July and with help from the ten-strong Marriott team, hospice gardener Sarah Townsend carried out gardening and maintenance work around the grounds in preparation.
Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel Manager Charles Barks said: “The gardening day at the hospice was part of Marriott’s ‘Spirit to Serve’ community service programme which has carried out several projects during the course of the year. The hospice is a great local charity so it was a pleasure to help such a worthwhile cause.”
Marriott events department member David Jackway, who organised the day said: “Everyone got stuck into a whole range of tasks at the hospice and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The gardens looked great for the Open Garden Scheme.
“Our team, made up of all the departments at the hotel, gave up our own free time to help the hospice and we’re so pleased to have been able to make a difference. As well as donating money, local people can always help out by donating their time and skills in a variety of ways.”
As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,489 patients each year as well as supporting family members.
All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £18,000 a day. For around £13,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice
Hazel Rogers, corporate fundraiser at St Peter’s Hospice said: “Many thanks to the volunteers from the Marriott City Centre who did a great job with our gardens and grounds. The gardens are a
real place of comfort and solace for patients and staff alike so the work is very much appreciated.”
For more information on how your business or community group can support the hospice contact Hazel at firstname.lastname@example.org