Smiles all round as famous TV gardener pops in to children’s hospice party

NAWN 1208184AM Martin House Garden Party.  Diamuid Gavin tucks into a hot dog courtesy of Martin House chef of twenty five years Robin Wraith and helpers Ursula Turner, Dawn Sharp, Joan Cross, Hazel Brown, Joanne Maguire and Donna Young. (1208184AM2)
NAWN 1208184AM Martin House Garden Party. Diamuid Gavin tucks into a hot dog courtesy of Martin House chef of twenty five years Robin Wraith and helpers Ursula Turner, Dawn Sharp, Joan Cross, Hazel Brown, Joanne Maguire and Donna Young. (1208184AM2)

Twenty five years ago, in August 1987, Martin House welcomed its first families into the newly-built hospice. During these 25 years the hospice has provided specialist care and support for more than 1,700 children and their families from across Yorkshire.

The hospice hosted a Garden Party – with special guest garden designer and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin – on Saturday to mark the anniversary and Martin House families were invited to attend. It was an opportunity for families to celebrate 25 years of care whilst also remembering loved ones. Diarmuid opened the event and also ran some potting sessions for the children.

Head of Care Sheila O’Leary said “The garden party was a day for the families to come and be part of the 25 year celebrations.

“Listening to families over the years has helped us to shape the services we are now able to offer.

“Lots of our supporters kindly helped to make the event a great success and a memorable day for all those who attended.

“The hospice has developed to meet the changing needs of the families over the past few years and the many challenges of the management of the complex conditions of the children and young people. This has lead to a continuous development and expansion of the services.

“A significant part of this development was the building of the teenage unit, Whitby Lodge, 10 years ago, enabling them to provide much needed care and support for young people with a life limiting condition in an age appropriate environment.”

“Other important developments have included the establishment of a community team, the posts of a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine and a Clinical Psychologist which have enhanced the service considerably and placed Martin House high on the agenda for paediatric palliative care, both nationally and internationally.

“Martin House would like to thank the local community. We couldn’t continue without your support.”