Rita Teed, volunteer gardener at Willowbrook Hospice, has recently been awarded the Hospice UK Volunteer Gardener of the Year Award. The award recognises the significant contribution an individual has made to hospice care over a number of years.
Over the years, Rita from Rainhill has generously given her time and expertise to keep the hospice’s award winning gardens in tip-top condition, whatever the season. Whether weeding the flowerbeds, or tending to the Japanese Gardens, Rita is always on hand
Neil Wright, chief executive of Willowbrook Hospice, said: “The impact Rita has had is immeasurable; she has helped to transform the grounds around the hospice into a beautiful area for our patients, staff and other volunteers to enjoy. As well as receiving RHS Northwest in Bloom Gold Medal Award for 5 successive years, earlier this year our gardens were open to the public for 2 days as part of the National Garden Scheme and the comments received were outstanding. On behalf of Willowbrook, I’d like to congratulate not only Rita but all the other gardening volunteers who together with our gardener Dee Newey, work tirelessly, come rain or shine to make our garden such a beautiful and tranquil place.”
Photo – (L-R) Dee Newey (Willowbrook gardener), Sheila Thomas (volunteer gardener) and Rita Teed (volunteer gardener).