Lavender Garden

We need your help to raise £35,000 to create a haven for staff to remember, reflect, rest and recharge.

The peaceful landscaped garden - located at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital - will provide a private outdoor space for staff to take a break, including seating, a pagoda and summerhouse. Beautiful raised flower beds and evergreen plants will surround the area, with the addition of vibrant purple lavender in memory of Anna, that will fill the garden with life.

We all know that 2020 was a tough year for the healthcare sector and whilst the spread of the virus has slowed down, our staff have not. As the country recovers from the pandemic, they continue to gather momentum as our hospitals work through the backlog of patient appointments and surgeries. The team at UHD work tirelessly and we want to provide them with much needed safe spaces to recuperate and rest during their busy shifts.

The Theatres team in the hospital have identified the perfect space for a special private garden where they and other hospital staff can recharge but also to reflect and remember colleagues that they and their fellow team members have sadly lost.

'In 2020, our Hospital's Theatre Department sadly lost two colleagues and dear friends; Anna and Tom. We want to help raise funds to build the garden so we can have a space to remember them. Due to the pandemic we were unable to attend their funerals and say goodbye, within this space we can take the time to reflect and keep their memory alive'.

- Will Blackman, Theatres Matron

'Our beloved colleague Jonathan Martin was taken too soon and has left a significant void in our team. It has been tougher than we could have imagined in the hospital and nobody could have foreseen this loss that we would experience as part of our everyday jobs; I take comfort in that this garden will give myself and my team members a space for them to take time out of their busy days to rest and reflect and think fondly of those that have touched our lives'.

– Rob Flux, Integrated IT Desktop Services Manager

Can you help our wonderful NHS team by giving a donation to provide them with this amazing space?

Lavender Garden plan

You can support us by:

  • Making an online donation below
  • Calling 0300 019 4060 and making your donation over the phone
  • Sending in a cheque made payable to 'University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity'

to our Freepost address: Freepost RTUJ-AZLZ-XTKJ, Lavender Garden, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, BH7 7DW

Funding for The Lavender Garden is outside the scope of what the NHS will support. If the funds raised for this appeal are insufficient or exceed the target University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity will use them to support other activities of the charity.