PRESS RELEASE: Tunbridge Wells funeral director digs deep for charity
in aid of the local Leonard
The Co-op Funeralcare team in Tunbridge Wells has been digging deep for charity, in a recent gardening effort for the residents of the local Leonard Cheshire Disability facility.
The charity has a supported-living facility based in the Tunbridge Wells area – a converted residence on Pembury Road that helps to provide independence for people with a variety of disabilities. The local Co-op Funeralcare team regularly engage in community activities, so when they discovered a love of horticulture amongst the residents, they couldn’t wait to get involved.
Ian Richardson, Funeral Director for Tunbridge Wells Co-op Funeralcare, said: “We’re really passionate about getting involved in local projects and building links with the community, and Leonard Cheshire Disability provides a vital service for many people within our community.
“We had a few meetings with the volunteer coordinator and the residents, and soon realised how much people love gardening, but also how limited their enjoyment was due to the lack of wheelchair access to the gardening area.”
After researching the products that would be most suitable, Ian assembled the Funeralcare team to collect the plants from the local garden centre and construct raised planters, so that the residents would be able to reach them far more easily.
John Walters, Volunteer Co-ordinator at Leonard Cheshire, added: “Ian and the rest of the Funeralcare team suggested building raised planters with a selection of plants that would stimulate the residents’ senses, such as flowers with powerful scents, as well as practical plants like herbs to use in the kitchen.
“Most of our residents are wheelchair bound, so this has come as such a welcomed surprise for them. We are so grateful to the Co-op Funeralcare team, and their hard work will make a huge difference to our residents’ lives.”
There are further plans to pave the planter areas with flagstones, to make wheelchair access even easier.