VISITORS enjoyed a day in the sunshine as Portsmouth Disability Forum renamed its garden in memory of its former chairman.
The garden of the organisation’s Frank Sorrell centre in Prince Albert Road, Eastney, was officially renamed Rains Retreat, in honour of Brian Rains.
He chaired PDF from 2003 to December last year when he died suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep.
The event last Friday also marked the handing over of the centre from the Frank Sorrell Trust to PDF which previously rented the building from the trust.
Lynne Rigby, PDF’s principle organiser, said: ‘Brian really enjoyed doing things outdoors and the garden was the last project he worked on before he died.
‘Since then donations raised through him have been used to develop the garden and we thought it would be nice to rename it after him in recognition of all his hard work.’
As well as offering people a tranquil retreat, the garden hosts group workshops to teach disabled people all about growing plants and vegetables.
The organisation plans to create hub for disabled services inside the centre, with computers, social areas and offices containing many different organisations.
It will be called Portsmouth Independent Living Network and will support those who need the service, regardless of their situations.
As part of the network, PDF hopes to set up an official benchmark for services, with high-achieving ones receiving a recognisable badge.