PATIENTS at Harefield Hospital have a pleasant space in which to relax, thanks to some generous fundraisers.
A large part of the cost of the new conservatory area was covered by Team Ross, the family and friends of Ross Tavendale, who was born with a serious heart condition and was the first baby to be fitted with a pacemaker in the UK.
Sadly, Ross died in 2005 aged just 22, but many of the people who knew him have been fundraising in his memory ever since.
Equipment and furniture were funded by the family of Kate Hennessy, 21, who has cystic fibrosis and underwent a double lung transplant at Harefield Hospital in 2012.
The family of Will Pope, 21, who was fitted with an artificial heart then had a heart transplant on New Year’s Day 2013, also helped.
“The conservatory will be a great help in the care of the hospital’s patients,” said Gill Raikes, chief executive of the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity.
“Thanks to the amazing fundraising efforts of several families, and particularly Team Ross, patients now have a lovely environment in which they can relax, watch TV, play games and see the world go by.”
The charity has commissioned works of art for the walls and will shortly start landscaping work to make the space even more appealing and therapeutic.