The Friends of Town and County Hospital Garden have received a boost via a donation of £1,500 from the team delivering the Caithness-Moray transmission project.

Staff from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and lead contractor ABB took part in a charity golf event earlier in the year. The event gave each team the chance to win funding for a good cause and the hospital garden project was nominated by SSEN’s team.

The Friends of Town and County Hospital Garden have been harnessing the support of local businesses and volunteers to make the garden space at the hospital a therapeutic, enjoyable, accessible space for patients, their relatives and friends.

Iain McHardy, acting senior charge nurse for the hospital, said: “This is a fantastic sum of money that has been donated and it will really benefit the work we are trying to do with our memory garden.

“The garden has certainly come on over the past year but there is still quite a lot of work we would like to do. This includes getting a summer house which, given the Caithness weather sometimes, will allow our patients to enjoy the garden no matter rain or shine.

“Huge thanks to all who took part in the charity event and for thinking of us at Town and County. It’s a very generous donation.”

Lorna Plowman from SSEN’s project team went along to the hospital to hand over the donation. Lorna said: “We are delighted that we are able to support a project which is so close to the heart of the community in Caithness.

“The Town and County Hospital provides vital care and support to patients from all over the county, their families and friends. We hope our donation will help towards the goal of adding a summer house so even more people can benefit from the revamped garden area.”

Teri Nicolson of ABB added: “The SSEN and ABB teams are very grateful for the way in which local residents, landowners and businesses have worked with us over the last couple of years. We’re really pleased to be able to contribute to something which will make a big difference to the community for many years to come.”

If you would like to learn more about the garden project, or have any ideas about fundraising or what can go in the garden, please contact Iain McHardy on 01955 880389.

Visit the Caithness-Moray project page

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