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February 12 2021

a thoughtful gift in horatio’s garden midlands

A little story to go with a thoughtful gift… 

Back in December, a patient spending time in the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry spotted some Kilner jars online that she knew would be just perfect for her friend. 

However, due to Coronavirus, delivery times were delayed and she knew they wouldn’t make it to her friend in good time. 

She was sharing this story with Head Gardener, Imogen Jackson, in Horatio’s Garden one day, which inspired Imogen to suggest that together they could recreate them. 

The patient was intrigued by Imogen’s idea of making the jars and agreed that this would be a wonderful way to overcome her problem. 

That night, Imogen popped to a local shop to buy the jars and the patient she bought them for generously made a donation to the charity to show her appreciation of Imogen’s dedication 

Since then, the patient has worked on them every single week, in spite of intermittent Coronavirus restrictions, pain and fatigue. 

Over time, she has built up the layers of paint and recently finished them off beautifully with these wonderful bees. 

The project has helped her to focus on the now and has given her something to look forward to each week. 

She shared, “I am just happy I have managed to make something nice and it’s so lovely to be out here in the garden room, where I can watch the birds and see these beautiful flowers.” 

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