Leading developer David Wilson Homes North West has donated £1,000 to the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity as a contribution towards a COVID-19 memorial garden.

The plan for the garden is to build bespoke seating available to both public and staff, as well as low-maintenance planting to ensure the longevity of the space. This will help to create a lasting legacy of hope in what has been an incredibly difficult time.

Rebecca Arestidou, Trusts and Grants Fundraiser at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity, said: “We are dedicated to supporting the work of Royal Preston and Chorley district hospitals by fundraising for extra items, technology and comforts for the patients and hospitals themselves.

“Although the NHS does a marvellous job, they cannot fund everything. The work of our charity is so important in this aspect as well as the incredible donations we receive to continue supporting our hospitals.”

After the numerous lockdowns in the country, the charity wished to create a memorial garden for all of the lives lost to the virus, which is what David Wilson’s donation will go towards, aiding with tools and labour.

Rebecca added: “This garden is for both the public and staff to find a tranquil spot for reflection, emotional support and any other needs those at the hospital may have. Many people could not attend funerals for their loved ones, so this offers an opportunity to say goodbye to those we lost.

“Our NHS staff at Lancashire Teachings Hospital have gone above and beyond in the face of adversity, each and every day, to care for patients, support families and each other. We are so grateful that David Wilson Homes has made this donation towards the hospital garden.”

With the hospital located just 2.9 miles from David Wilson Homes’ Lightfoot Meadows development in Preston, the developer wanted to make a positive impact on the community and help ease the suffering faced by many in the last year.

Robert Hollbrook, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes North West, said: “As a leading developer, it is important that we support organisations and charities in our surrounding areas in order to leave a positive impact in the communities in which we build.

“The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity is a fantastic organisation that provides our NHS service with extra support which has been needed more than ever in the last year. We hope that the memorial garden will bring people joy, tranquillity and closure.

“In these difficult times, we are encouraging everyone to continue to support local causes like this, we’ve been huge ambassadors for working together to support each other, but team spirit is needed now more than ever before.”