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Shirley Parsons “Groundforce” Overhauls Patient Garden for Brookside NHS

  • Publish Date: Posted 8 months ago

​A team of 35 volunteers from Shirley Parsons completely overhauled the patient recovery garden for the Brookside NHS clinic in Aylesbury last Friday.

The Brookside Clinic provides rehabilitation services for patients who have had strokes and brain injuries to return to life in the community. They use the gardens to help with this process, with staff working alongside clients to help them develop skills and confidence following their injuries.

Originally donated from an RHS Show in 2020, the garden was very popular but had become seriously overgrown and the clinic does not have resources to keep on top of it.

The Shirley Parsons team of 35 volunteers spent 3 hours blitzing the garden – digging out beds, pulling out ivy, thinning out borders, planting bulbs, painting benches and generally tidying up the facility.

CEO of Shirley Parsons Paul Roebuck said:

“The Brookside clinic plays such an important role in the community local to our Aylesbury office so it is a perfect facility for us to support. I am very proud of the UK team who worked hard and were able to make such a difference to the garden in just a few hours. We have made a public commitment to have a positive impact on every community where we are present – and this latest project in Aylesbury is one of many we are involved with around the world.”

Neil Macdonald, Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust said:

“I want to extend my sincerest thanks on behalf of the Trust for your help in the garden at Brookside Clinic. I heard from the staff how lovely it was to have the team from Shirley Parsons on site, and the overwhelming positive impression you left. Your efforts will be appreciated by the patients visiting the Clinic in the months to come.”

After the epic gardening blitz, the Shirley Parsons team and the clinic staff enjoyed refreshments, pizza and team games on the lawn in front of the Aylesbury office park. It was no surprise that the winning team was led by Brand ambassador Shirley Parsons herself who commented;

“Naturally there is no surprise that my team won. However, what’s more important is that all of the Shirley Parsons colleagues who took part in the project really mucked in, got involved and it shows what a difference we can make when we all pull together.”

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