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Remembrance Garden for staff to honour former colleagues is opened

Published 24/11/2017
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A Staff Remembrance Garden has been officially opened at the Royal Derby Hospital to allow staff to look back fondly on the lives of former colleagues. 

The garden is located at the front of the hospital and contains a number of ceramic flowers bearing unique messages that pay tribute to members of staff that are sadly no longer with us. 

Paul Brooks, Derby Teaching Hospitals Director of Patient Experience, Estates and Facilities Management, opened the new garden and reflected on its importance.

He said: “Our staff mean everything to us, they are not just our colleagues, but they’re also our friends. It’s great that we now have a quiet space where we can all come to reflect.” 

Hospital Chaplain Marise Hargreaves gave a reading at the official unveiling, and added: “Nationally, November is a time of remembrance. It is so special that we now have a space where we can remember the lives of those who worked here.” 

Local artist and ceramicist Elaine Lim-Newton designed each of the flowers.

Air Arts, the Trust’s arts charity, helped coordinate the project, which was funded by Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ local community grant initiative. The scheme uses money raised through the sale of Tesco carrier bags to fund thousands of local projects in communities nationwide. Our Staff Remembrance Garden was chosen for funding after it received the most votes from Derbyshire shoppers.

Last Modified 24/11/2017