DGH create special memorial garden

Photo (L-R): Daphne Keep (Chaplaincy Volunteer), Alison Brant (Assistant Facilities Hotel Services Manager), Rev Geoff Cook (Chaplain), Dr Peter Nash (Chairman of the Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals), Jane Gorringe (Facilities Hotel Services Manager).
Photo (L-R): Daphne Keep (Chaplaincy Volunteer), Alison Brant (Assistant Facilities Hotel Services Manager), Rev Geoff Cook (Chaplain), Dr Peter Nash (Chairman of the Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals), Jane Gorringe (Facilities Hotel Services Manager).

A NEW garden has been created at the DGH in memory of former employees in order to give patients and staff somewhere to relax.

The idea for the garden came from Jane Gorringe, trust facilities manager, and her colleague Alison Brant and it has been dedicated to the memory of facilities staff who have died in recent years.

Virgilio Da Silva, Anne Verrall, Carol Orr, Paula Neale, Joe Brennan, and Stan Hurford are all remembered through the project, which was funded by money raised from their family and friends, as well as a donation from the Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals.

Earlier this week the fundraisers attended a special dedication service which officially opened the new garden, led by hospital chaplain the Reverend Geoff Cook.

He said, “The purpose behind this reflective garden is twofold. Firstly, we wanted to acknowledge much-loved work colleagues who have sadly died but live on in our hearts and minds, and to dedicate a special place in their memory.

“Secondly, we wanted a place where staff, patients and visitors could come and find peace and quiet in the midst of life’s busyness. It is our hope that this will be a place to reflect upon hopes and dreams and, when the storms of life have passed, it can be a place of peace and tranquillity.

“We thank all the staff, patients and relatives who have contributed over the last 18 months to help fundraise through various events such as coffee and cake mornings and raffles. Donations were also gratefully received from local companies and from the Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals, so we give thanks to them for their generous work of charity.”