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Women’s Institute boost for hospital garden

Members from the Little Stanney Women’s Institute (WI) have donated a new table and chairs for patients to enjoy at Ellesmere Port Hospital.

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The extra seating is available for patients and visitors in the garden on the Bluebell Unit, which has already proven extremely popular during spells of hot weather this summer.

Ladies from WI handed over a cheque for £300 to the hospital, asking only that it be used to provide additional home comforts for patients and staff chose to get new garden furniture.

Bluebell ward manager Fin Vella expects them to make a huge difference, saying: “We can’t thank the ladies from WI enough. Their donation will allow more of our patients to have a break from the wards, relax outside and enjoy the warmer weather this summer.”

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A group of ladies from the group, which meets once a month, visited the hospital for a special afternoon tea with patients and staff in celebration of their donation.

They raised the funds by doing a Magnificent Seven pantomime last Christmas, with Ellesmere Port Hospital one of several local organisations to benefit.

Mrs Dorothy Dilworth, who was one of the members there for the opening, said: “We loved doing the pantomime and it was a rip-roaring success, but it’s fabulous to now see it providing somewhere for patients to relax in such a beautiful garden. We just enjoy the fact that we can now see the benefits and know we’ve done something good.”

Fin added: “It’s lovely that they thought to help our patients with their fundraising efforts. It also gives us a huge boost, seeing how much of a difference spending time outside can make.”

:: Tickets for this year’s pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast Rock’ at Little Stanney Village Hall will go on sale soon.