Four city gardens will open to the public later this Sunday (30th), and for one of the homeowners, the event will be a particularly meaningful afternoon.
Jane Gennard has worked at St Michael’s Hospice in Bartestree for 17 years as a Staff Nurse, but this weekend she will take on a different role as a Hospice fundraiser.
She and four other Aylestone Hill residents are opening their gardens as part of the St Michael’s Open Gardens season.
‘It will be a great privilege for my husband Bob and I to open our garden,’ said Jane.
‘For 17 years, St Michael’s has been a huge part of my life. My role at the Hospice allows me to be part of people’s lives at such an important time.
‘When patients arrive at the door they can be anxious, bewildered and full of emotions, often not knowing which way to turn.
‘We provide peace and quiet, sometimes by just sitting holding someone’s hand in the still of the night.
‘There is often a lot of joy among patients, loved ones, staff and volunteers. We have been involved in celebrations such as birthday parties and weddings at St Michael’s. These are great occasions, providing lasting memories for all involved.’
Jane says she is always touched by those who want to give something back to the Hospice after losing a loved one.
‘Fundraising brings people together as a community, many of whom are going through the grieving process together at the same time,’ she said.
Jane and Bob, who live on Moreland Avenue, will be opening their garden along with their neighbours, Christina and Anthony Saville, plus Jan Bevan on Link Road and Ruth Smith on Loder Drive, all between 12-5pm.
Meanwhile Gatley Park, between Leominster and Ludlow, is next on the Hospice’s Open Gardens programme.
The public has the rare opportunity to visit the former hunting lodge this weekend (22 & 23rd June).
The property, on the edge of the Mortimer Forest, dates back to the first half of the 16th century.
For further information on all this year’s Open Gardens, including ticketing and directions, click here