Recently Evelyn’s Gift has spent a lot of time in the great outdoors working on three large gardening projects in Warwick. With some fantastic support from local businesses, individuals and organisations, we were able to transform areas at St Michael’s Hospital, Marloes Walk nursing home and Myton School – making three beautiful and accessible outdoor spaces for patients, residents and pupils. Thank you to everyone who worked with us to make these projects such a huge success!
Myton School: July saw our biggest project to date when Evelyn’s Gift worked with a large team from Jaguar Land Rover and Austbuild to create a pond, wildlife area and allotment at Myton School. Proving that Rome may well have been built in the day, the team worked incredibly hard in hot weather to transform a large area of rough land into a beautiful setting that will benefit everyone in the school’s community. You can watch a video of the Myton project here.
Marloes Walk: In June, we worked with a team from IBM to overhaul the outdoor space at Turning Point’s nursing home at Marloes Walk and to create a memorial garden for former resident Laura Dillon, who died in January 2016.
Laura’s mum Sue said, “Marloes Walk is an amazing nursing home and it is such a lovely place. At the funeral we asked people to donate money, which raised £350 towards the garden. Then we got help from Helen at Evelyn’s Gift and she got IBM involved and they helped us and designed the garden and built a wishing well, which I really wanted for Laura.”
St Michael’s Hospital: In April, we teamed up with volunteers from Jaguar Land Rover to transform the gardens at St Michael’s Hospital in Warwick, which specialises in psychiatric care. Three garden areas were brought to life with new planters and plants – and one of the courtyard gardens was made safe and accessible for patients.
Above: Some of the volunteers from Jaguar Land Rover with former Mayor of Warwick Christine Cross at St Michael’s Hospital in Warwick.
Safeline: We are pleased to have been able to support Safeline, a specialist charity for victims of sexual abuse, by providing materials and resources for their child therapy room in Warwick. After ordering lots of specialist items online, we made a trip to IKEA and filled the car with other items that the therapists had requested – lights, a play tent, storage boxes and more. We’d like to thank IKEA in Coventry for donating a beautiful tree-shaped lamp for us to pass on to Safeline. The room will now be decorated professionally and we look forward to visiting this wonderful charity again soon to see the transformation.
Bereavement support: We have put together and delivered more bereavement packs for local schools and to meet local need. We met with Niki Tolley who works with a number of primary schools in the role of Parent Support. Niki said, ‘Schools are very grateful to have been given a practical resource to pass onto families instantly to support them during their difficult time. The books are helping parents prepare to answer their child’s difficult questions at a time when they are also struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. Parents also appreciate the directory signposting them to further support services.’ The packs in Warwick schools were funded by Warwick Court Leet and produced with guidance from Guy’s Gift.
CPR training: Thanks to all of the amazing volunteers at Warwick District Community First Responders more than 1950 local people have now been trained in CPR and essential life support skills! The CFRs are doing an incredible job, delivering free CPR/defibrillator training at many locations in our area. In January, we delivered training at Leamington Athletics Ground, Warwickshire College and St Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School. To book a course or find further information, visit Warwickshirehearts.org
A few thank yous….
Thank you to all of the students and staff in Health and Social Care at Warwickshire College for raising money for Evelyn’s Gift through a raffle, tombola, sweet sales and a Guess the Name of the Bear.
We’d also like to extend our gratitude to Wellesbourne & District Lions, who donated a portion of their Santa Collection 2016 to Evelyn’s Gift; to John Taylor Funeral Service for donations from their charity memorial tree; and to everyone else who has kindly donated to our charity. We are humbled by people’s generosity and will continue to ensure that every penny is spent to make a genuine difference to people’s lives through little acts of kindness.
We visited LWS Night Shelter in the Priors Club last week to find out more about what they do and meet some of the people using the service. The volunteers provide hot meals and a place to sleep for the night on Friday and Saturday nights. But it is much more than that – the sense of community and the incredible people that give so much of themselves to help others are truly inspiring. It is a worry that this shelter is under threat from closure. We hope to work with them to help people in need at Christmas and we will keep you posted. It was great to see items in use that Evelyn’s Gift has supplied from their wish list, including kitchen equipment.
Restart a Heart Day was a huge success for Warwickshire Hearts. We trained nearly 200 Warwick and Leamington people in a 24-hour period on four separate sites in nine different sessions. Thanks to all the trainers and everyone who took part. Warwickshire Hearts is a collaborative project between Warwick District Community First Responders, Waterside Medical Centre and Evelyn’s Gift. If you’d like a session for your community group or to join in a planned session (of which there are lots) please look at and book on our website: www.warwickshirehearts.org.