Dunbartonshire residents are being urged to give their backing to the Robin House children’s hospice as a special event returns to the calendar next month.

Staff from Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) are asking local residents to visit the gardens of the Balloch hospice between 10am and 3pm on Sunday, October 2, plant a bulb or some seeds and enjoy the beautiful six-acre garden.

While people can bring their own bulbs or seeds, bulbs will be provided on the day in return for a small donation to CHAS.

Maggie Brown, gardener at Robin House, said: “It’s taken quite a lot of work to get the garden back to how it was before lockdown even with our dedicated volunteers now back helping me so ‘Bring a Bulb Day’ is a great way for the local community to get the garden back to its best.”

Refreshments will be available as well as live entertainment and a raffle, though there will be no access to the hospice building itself.

Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter: Robin House in BallochRobin House in Balloch (Image: CHAS)

Maggie added: “The garden at Robin House is such a special place; a place where anything can happen from forest school lessons and teddy bears picnics to camp outs under the stars and full on music festivals.

"It’s also a place where families can remember their beloved children and find peace in the midst of grief.”

During the event, refreshments will be available and there will also be some entertainment and a raffle.

Those attending are asked to dress for the weather and bring their own gardening gloves. Parking and toilets are available on site but there will be no access to the main hospice building.

For more information about the event please contact nicolaporciani@chas.org.uk