Work to commence on Covid-19 memorial garden
A memorial garden at both Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Bassetlaw Hospital is set to be constructed in memory of those lost to Covid-19.
Work on the ‘Rainbow Gardens’ is to commence this September.
The project is being funded primarily by donations from members of the public.
£25k is being sought to create a garden at DRI and Bassetlaw Hospital sites, with an additional £5k to commission the materials to create a memorial at DRI for lost colleagues, and £5k to purchase additional tables and benches to be located across all sites for patients and staff to enjoy.
So far, just over £12,000 of the £35,ooo target has been raised.
The gardens be created in honour of those lost locally during the pandemic, including two members of hospital staff.
According to the trust, they will be dedicated spaces for families and colleagues to visit and remember loved ones.
“During the pandemic the rainbow has become a symbol of support for the NHS and it feels fitting that we create rainbow gardens in memory of those we have sadly lost.”
In a recent tweet, a spokesperson for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said:
Thank you to everyone who has supported our appeal to create memorial gardens in memory of those we have lost to Covid-19. Work on the garden at Bassetlaw Hospital will commence mid-September and DRI shortly after that date. To view the proposed design ➡️ https://t.co/ieCjvc4gQm pic.twitter.com/NeXhf5phyT
— DBTH Trust (@DBH_NHSFT) August 24, 2020
The work on the garden will be carried out by J P Fox Services of Worksop who will be providing their services free of charge.
The trust recently announced that it now has just four Covid-19 positive patients in hospital care, none of whom require intensive care treatment.
To date, 200 people have sadly died at the Trust from Covid-19.