New play areas opened
CHILDREN at Balloch's Robin House have been given a special treat with the official opening of four new garden areas.
More than £100,000 worth of time and materials has been donated to create the new garden areas at the hospice, run by the Children's Hospice Association Scotland, thanks in large part to the support of Greenfingers - the charity that creates gardens for children's hospices across the UK.
The gardens were officially declared open by BBC Beechgrove Garden presenter Lesley Watson and Richard Jackson, Trustee of Greenfingers.
Maria McGill, CHAS chief executive, said: "Making the most out of the huge garden we have at Robin House has been a priority for us for some time and it's only been possible thanks to the generosity of Greenfingers and these organisations.
\"For the families who visit the hospice the garden is now an extension of the house, offering a caring, but fun environment."
Richard Jackson, Trustee for Greenfingers, said: "We are delighted to have been able to help create the gardens at Robin House. We worked closely with the hospice to create outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed by the whole family where they can play, as well as having the space to rest, reflect and remember."
The four new garden areas are a Dragonfly themed garden, sensory area, parents' area and a play area which includes a pirate ship structure named the 'Jolly Robin'.
Anyone wishing to support CHAS should call 0141 779 6180 or go to www.chas.org.uk
This article appeared in Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter 10 Jul 12
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