New garden design at children’s hospice

From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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A hospice for children and young adults has embarked on a £250,000 garden transformation.

Naomi House and Jacksplace is designing a new outdoor play area for youngsters, which at the same time is a quiet space for contemplative reflection.

The garden will provide sensory stimulation for children with limited cognitive ability.

It will play host to the latest wheelchair accessible playground equipment, including swings, wheelchair-accessible structures and a specially adapted roundabout.

The hospice offers respite, emergency, end-of-life and bereavement care to hundreds of life-limited and life-threatened children across Hampshire, Dorset, 
Berkshire, Wiltshire, West Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.

The hospice has launched a crowdfunding campaign at caterpillarappeal.org.uk/garden-project.php and urges people to donate what they can so that the hospice gardens can be completed before the winter.