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New Memorial Garden at Bridlington

Staff members and family and friends of colleagues sadly no longer with us, gathered at Bridlington Hospital to celebrate the opening of the hospital’s memorial garden – a place where people can come to sit, reflect and enjoy their lunch in the sunshine! 

Dutch lavender, Erica Heathers, Prunus Cheals and weeping Cherry Trees were planted in the courtyard garden, located off the Dining Room, creating a calm and peaceful space.       

Family and Friends of Michelle George attended the blessing. Michelle who worked at Bridlington Hospital for 11 years sadly died in October 2012.

Michelle was well known as a Unite Union representative. She joined Bridlington Hospital in 2001 as a Medical Secretary and in 2009 moved to Scarborough Hospital as a Service Improvement Support Officer.

Following her death, hospital and union colleagues were keen to do something in her memory and working with Staff Benefits and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Shaun Fletcher, created the memorial garden.  

Hospital Chaplain Martin Doe said a few words and blessed the garden.

He explained: “People of many faiths and cultures value gardens as very special places."

A ‘tree of life’ sculpture has been commissioned and will be installed in the garden. Tim Coates’ memorial bench has also been moved to the courtyard.     

Work has also been taking place to create memorials at Malton and Selby Hospitals.  A wall mounted Tree of Life piece will be installed at Malton and a wall mounted Weeping Willow piece at Selby Hospital.

16 June 2014

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