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June 5 2019

lillian’s volunteering story

As part of our continued celebration of Volunteers’ Week we would love to share Lillian’s volunteering story with you.  

She currently supports our Scotland Garden, and as you will see below, her experiences in Horatio’s Garden have been both humbling and incredibly rewarding. 


I have only been at Horatio’s Garden for a matter of a few months in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow, but they have certainly been an amazing few months.  

The first gentleman I met was a lovely man who I was talking too whilst putting out the vases of daffodils. I placed the vase on the gentleman’s table and in a very quiet voice he asked me if I could turn one of the daffodils towards him, which I gladly did, so he could sit and watch it as it was different from the rest.  

Another lady I met was a wee gem! I saw her in the corridor, so I approached her and asked if she would like to help with arranging the flowers. She was over the moon to be involved and at the end she thanked me, also saying that it had been a wonderful way to spend her day. 

We just don’t realise how very lucky we are in this world until we meet people in a situations like this. Many patients say that it’s just lovely to look out the window and see the different array of colours, and to watch the volunteers working away in the garden.  

Working in Horatio’s Garden is worth its weight in gold, especially when you hear a patient saying they love the garden and that they love to visit it. It just helps them a little to cope with being in hospital for long periods of time and to process the changes in their lives. Sallie and all the volunteers who work in the garden are just amazing people and put loads of effort and pride into their work which makes it Horatio’s Garden. They are a great team and it’s great fun to be a part of it all. 


Thank you Lillian for offering us such a wonderful insight into your time with Horatio’s Garden.  

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