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Youngsters get green-fingered for Grimsby hospital

A band of green-fingered youngsters donned their gardening gear to transform a garden at Grimsby hospital.

The volunteer gardeners – all students from the National Citizen Service (NCS) – set to tidying up the bereavement suite garden.

They embarked on the horticultural project as part of the NCS’s mini programme which is held three times a year providing young people with a project to get their teeth into.

The Health Tree Foundation (HTF), the official charity of Grimsby hospital, asked NCS if it would consider improving the garden and the service kindly agreed to lend a helping hand.

Lauren Alexander, community champion for HTF, said: “It’s fantastic that NCS agreed to help with the bereavement garden. This area is seen by a lot of people who are going through a difficult time in their life. We thought by brightening up the area it would encourage more people to use it as a place of reflection and somewhere to remember their loves ones.”

Lee Stephens, coordinator of Grimsby NCS, said: “In addition to helping people learn new skills, NCS is about encouraging young people to make a positive contribution to their community.

“What better way to achieve this than lending a hand at the local hospital. We will be back with the summer cohort to make a bigger impact on the garden but wanted to get the ball rolling as soon as possible for this garden project.”

For further information contact The Health Tree Foundation on 03033 304514 or contact Lauren Alexander at



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