A Cheltenham charity has been overwhelmed by local support after a sanctuary garden for patients suffering with cancer was vandalised. The charity received a call on Monday and was devastated by the news that eight yew trees had been stolen.
The LINC charity provides support to patients with Leukaemia and blood cancers who receive treatment within the Gloucestershire NHS Trust. The garden was originally opened last year in March and is now a special place for patients and their families to reflect.
We thought it was more important for patients and their families that were undergoing treatment at present to be able to have a space to go and visit outside the hospital rather than just as a memorial garden.Claire Charlton, LINC Head of Fundraising
Since setting up a just giving page on Monday, the charity has exceeded its target to raise £1050 and has received comments of support from donors.
Out of something that has been so grim and devastating, the response to it has been amazing. I set up a just giving page on Monday. The comments on there are brilliant and I think what has been lovely is it has got engagement from the community rather than just the LINC family and the LINC patients. It has been Cheltenham as a whole. You read the lovely comments about how many people are using that garden and have enjoyed it on a regular basis.Claire Charlton, LINC Head of Fundraising
Support has come from local businesses including Tayntons solicitors which has sponsored the planting of a new yew tree.
The garden maintenance team plans to meet at the end of March to discuss how they can redevelop the site. The LINC team is determined to get the sanctuary garden back to its prime for patients, families and people in Cheltenham.
Reading the comments, I think a lot of people spend time there. There’re people that have commented that said they’ve spent the last moments with their husband whose then subsequently died or they go out and visit and wait anxiously for news. I think it has become a really well used and well-loved place. It’s important that we get it back looking brilliant before the summer.Claire Charlton, LINC Head of Fundraising