A £160,000 appeal to develop a special garden at Colchester General Hospital has passed the halfway mark, thanks to a £20,000 donation from a Colchester charity.
The grant from Colchester Catalyst Charity means that the Time Garden Appeal to raise money to create a garden for patients who are in their last weeks and days of life and their families now stands at £92,554.
Beverley Pickett, a nurse from the Palliative Care Team at Colchester General Hospital, described the donation as “overwhelming”.
Mrs Pickett said: “This is an extremely generous donation and also a significant one because it means we’re now over halfway towards achieving our target.
“To have raised more than £92,000 in under a year is good going, but we mustn’t let up because there’s still a long way to go and we want to start on this project as soon as possible because it will add so much quality to what we can offer patients towards the end of their lives.
“We’re really building up some momentum now because ‘Team Time Garden’, consisting of 24 runners including myself, raised more than £8,000 – more than four times our target – by running the Colchester 10k last month.”
She added that recent donations had included £5,000 from Tesco, £1,200 from two people who had run the London Marathon in April, and £775 raised at a quiz night at St Helena Hospice, Colchester.
Rodney Appleyard, Development Officer at Colchester Catalyst, said: “We are delighted to support this visionary project, which will improve the quality of life of all those patients who are in the last weeks and days of their lives.”