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Students make over garden for hardworking hospital staff

Thursday 5 August

A group of local school students taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) summer holiday programme raised over £500 to carry out a garden makeover at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH).

The group were taking part in the NCS programme with the BCHA, a Bournemouth based housing association, which has been delivering the course since 2011.

Sixteen teenagers from Twynham, Corfe Hills and Poole and Parkstone Grammar upper schools visited RBH to upgrade a garden area next to the Acute Medical Unit (AMU).

The makeover saw the proactive youngsters, aged between 15-17 years, build and install a bug hotel; weed the flower beds and hang upcycled teapots in the trees to be used as birdfeeders.

The team also made wooden garden games for hardworking AMU staff to play while enjoying the newly spruced space on their breaks.

Funds for the project were raised by the students themselves via a ‘GoFundMe’ crowdfunding page. They also showcased their ideas for the makeover in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch to NCS mentors.

Nineteen-year-old team leader, Alan Thomas, said: “The NCS programme helps young people to develop a range of skills by supporting them to organise a project from start to finish; from planning and fundraising through to delivery.

“Our team really wanted to do something for the hospital, because we know the staff there do such good work. Also, as one of our group pointed out during the ‘Dragon’s Den’ pitch, you never know when you or one of your family might need to use the AMU services, so we really wanted to give something back.”

The AMU ward at RBH looks after patients who are admitted for urgent investigation or care by their GP, an outpatient clinic or the Emergency Department.

AMU matron, Jo Maple-Roberts, said: “We are really grateful to these innovative young people for taking time out of their own summer holiday to show their support for our hospital. The garden looks lovely and will provide a welcome space of respite for our hardworking staff.”


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