Plane and simple: College to help patients’ carpentry skills

Patients at St Michael’s Hospice will soon be able to brush up their carpentry skills.

Thanks to help from Herefordshire and Ludlow College, those visiting the Bartestree-based Hospice can put the finishing touches to items such as birdboxes, stools and planters.

The pastime will take place in a workshop created in the Hospice’s Summerhouse.

The items, supplied by the Hospice, will be specially pre-cut by the Folly Lane-based College before being handed to St Michael’s where a trained volunteer will oversee work.

‘I hope the items will provide happiness to those who spend time in the workshop,’ said Paul Rees, Carpentry and Joinery tutor at Herefordshire and Ludlow College.

‘It’s a pleasure for the College to be supporting the Hospice.’

Both Day Patients and Inpatients will be invited to try their hand at the carpentry.

The Hospice’s Summerhouse was donated and built by Kingsland’s Powell and Co Construction Ltd last year.

It is also used as a relaxing snug, as well as a drop-in space for patients’ loved ones to talk to a Hospice counsellor, should they wish.

Caption: Paul Rees from Herefordshire and Ludlow College