Explore the Garden of Light and bring healing garden to life

ITU garden before
The garden area before work started

Published on 15 October 2019

A magical garden art installation will help make a healing garden a reality for Intensive care patients at the William Harvey Hospital.

Visitors to the Garden of Light installation at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford can make a donation to the intensive care unit’s charity appeal to create a garden for patients and visitors to use.

The money raised from the Garden of Light installation will be used to transform a neglected courtyard into an outdoor space for critically ill patients and their visitors to safely enjoy.

The installation will feature sights, sounds and smells as well as falling leaves and a 10m-wide tree canopy set against a digital cosmic sky.

Natalie Daly, Ward Manager in the Intensive Care Unit and project lead, said:

“Members of the Intensive Care Team have been working extremely hard on both team and individual events to raise money and awareness for this wonderful cause.

“We have received very generous donations from local residents, businesses and the Friends of William Harvey Hospital as well as East Kent Hospitals Charity.

“We are extremely grateful for all the support and can’t wait to be able to use the garden.”

Danielle Neligan, fundraising and development officer for East Kent Hospitals Charity, said the team was delighted to be working with McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford on the project.

She said: “We rely on the generosity of people around east Kent to help fund our work and this is a fantastic opportunity for people to contribute.

“The Garden of Light will be an amazing installation and allows visitors to experience all four seasons as they move through the garden.

“Our garden will be a safe space for some of our sickest patients in the hospital to enjoy feeling the sun on their face or the breeze in their hair, in the privacy of a dedicated garden created just for them.”

The Garden Of Light will open in November as part of the £90million expansion of the shopping centre and entrance is free, with visitors encouraged to leave a donation for the Intensive Care Unit’s Charity appeal.

For more information or to book a visit seewww.AshfordDesignerOutlet.com or to donate to the intensive care unit appeal visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/ekhc/criticalcarewhh