Hospice sends message ‘Together’ with Barnstaple In Bloom

In the flower beds along The Strand, a team from the hospice planted the word ‘Together’

In the flower beds along The Strand, a team from the hospice planted the word ‘Together’ - Credit: NDH

North Devon Hospice has joined a community push to put Barnstaple back on the ‘In Bloom’ map and help spruce up areas of the town. 

A Barnstaple In Bloom effort has come to fruition, after a break of nearly ten years, and the hospice were happy to work ‘together’ with the team on one of the displays. 

In the flower beds along The Strand, a team from the hospice planted the word ‘Together’ not only in recognition of the incredible community spirit shown over the last 18 months, but also as a nod to the future direction of the hospice. 

Argos volunteers and hospice gardener Ian Smith

Argos volunteers and hospice gardener Ian Smith - Credit: NDH

“We wanted our part of the floral display to carry a message, and we felt that that word ‘Together’ was particularly apt for many reasons,” said Claire Paine from North Devon Hospice. 

“Since the world was turned upside down 18 months ago, North Devon has shown an incredible resilience and a willingness to work together to overcome adversity. We’ve seen communities really come together, despite having to physically be apart, which was beautiful to see.” 

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The word also has significance for the hospice’s future. “We have just launched our new five-year strategy which shows how we plan to meet the challenges of the future. The hospice provides an absolutely essential service to the people of North Devon and the need for specialist hospice care is going to rise significantly in the next five years.” 

Claire added. “Your life is a story, and the ending matters, but the only way we can care for those facing the end of their life is by working together with the local community. Therefore, ‘Together’ is very much the theme of our work going forward.” 

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Sites across Barnstaple were chosen for a floral makeover this month, giving the whole town a fresh feel as visitor numbers increased rapidly. Claire said: “It is wonderful see Barnstaple In Bloom back in full swing. The town looks fantastic, and we are happy to have played a part in that. 

“We’d like to thank Webbers Estate Agents who have sponsored our hospice flower bed along The Strand, as well as the Barnstaple in Bloom committee and North Devon Council who’ve been so supportive of the whole scheme. 

“We’re also grateful to staff from Argos who lent their time to help with the planting, as part of a long-term volunteering project they have with the hospice. We hope this floral display shows people what North Devon is all about.” 

For more information about the care and support provided by North Devon Hospice, please visit northdevonhospice.org.uk

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