Joy for care home residents

RESIDENTS of an East Bergholt care home have a new garden to enjoy thanks to volunteers from the Princes Trust.Raised flowerbeds, a herb garden and a fountain are some of the features that have been built in the garden of the Idaway home, in Foxhall Close.

RESIDENTS of an East Bergholt care home have a new garden to enjoy thanks to volunteers from the Princes Trust.

Raised flowerbeds, a herb garden and a fountain are some of the features that have been built in the garden of the Idaway home, in Foxhall Close.

The project was part of a YMCA training programme, funded by the Prince's Trust, where ten young unemployed adults planned and complete community projects.

The team raised around £300 through various events such as washing cars and charity pub crawls to fund the project.


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As well as giving something to the community the volunteers can use the projects to gain NVQs and other qualifications.

Staff nurse Celia Mason said: "We are absolutely thrilled, the volunteers have done a marvellous job.

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They have done something that we just would not have had time to do ourselves and the residents will love a garden that it is easy for them to use. The raised beds are the perfect height for those in a wheel chair."

Team leader Ola Anderson, 27, said: "Everyone has done really well despite having to work in the pouring rain a lot. The project encourages working together and will give the volunteers skills they can use in work.

Volunteer George Millar, 24, of Bildeston, said: "We all pulled together as a team and did really well. Raising the money was hard but brilliant fun."

The team, based at the Foyer in Star Lane, Ipswich, and are now halfway through the 12-week course and plan to give some elderly people a day out as their next project.

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