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The beauty of this new park near Preston has been recognised

Posted on - 22nd November, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Lostock Hall, News, Parks
The St Catherine's Park has been welcoming visitors

The St Catherine’s Park has been welcoming visitors

A new park created near a Preston hospice has been recognised with a national award.

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St Catherine’s Park was created by combining hospice grounds with nearby land in Lostock Hall owned by South Ribble Borough Council.

It was the first park to open in South Ribble for 40 years.

Chief executive of St Catherine’s Hospice Stephen Greenhalgh said: “The purpose of the park is to help make St Catherine’s a more accessible and welcoming place for all; so that
when people need the charity’s services as a patient or family member, they will feel that they are in familiar surroundings.

“We also want people to feel that they can come back to remember and celebrate a loved one’s life in this peaceful and poignant setting.

“We’re delighted to receive this award for the project, which is a result of partnership work with South Ribble Council and local Rotary clubs. Many have worked really hard to develop St Catherine’s Park – which stretches from the impressive war memorial off Lostock Lane to The Mill café – incorporating a sensory garden, bluebell wood, playing fields and a wetland and woodland reserve.”

Read more: How a Preston hospice will light up this Christmas

New bridges were built to connect parts of the new park

New bridges were built to connect parts of the new park

A volunteer at the hospice was also recognised at the Hospice UK awards.

Jamie Ward who works in The Mill cafe and has Asperger’s syndrome has been regularly praised on TripAdvisor for his friendly and accommodating nature.

Jamie Ward outside The Mill cafe

Jamie Ward outside The Mill cafe

Mr Greenhalgh commented: “Our very special congratulations go to Jamie. He is one of a number of our volunteers who overcome personal challenges to be part of the St Catherine’s team. They are all shining lights that brighten our day and carry our admiration.”

Ever visited the St Catherine’s park? Or The Mill? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below

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