The Garden of Tranquillity

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Since 1 July residents, visitors and staff of Demelza Hospice Care for Children in Sittingbourne, Kent have a brand new landscaped 'Garden of Tranquillity', thanks to the efforts of Canary Wharf Contractors Limited.

The Canary Wharf Contractors team and their supply chain, currently building the 25/30 Churchill Place development at Canary Wharf, has donated design and project management services, construction equipment, labour, materials, trees and shrubs to create the garden over the past nine months. In the process, they have raised over £500,000 in cash and in-kind donations from almost 70 or their sub-contractors and suppliers, with staff volunteering their labour over numerous weekends to create the Garden.

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The Garden of Tranquillity features landscaped gardens, a picnic area, an obelisk water feature, sensory areas, a stone bridge and walkway. It will be a special place for reflection and remembrance, as well as a fun and welcoming area for children staying at the hospice.

Demelza Hospice Care for Children supports almost 800 life-limited and life-threatened children and their families across Kent, South East London and East Sussex. The charity offers respite, symptom control, end-of-life care and bereavement support for families with children who are either life limited or suffer from conditions which mean they need a lot of specialist care.

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Cormac MacCrann, Executive Director of Canary Wharf Contractors said: "We have been a staunch supporter of Demelza for many years and it is terrific that we have been able to bring our collaborative approach to project delivery to build this garden for them. We are hugely grateful to our friends in our supply chain who have helped us in the project, all of whom went way beyond the call of duty in their participation. Demelza Hospice Care make such a valuable difference to the lives of critically-ill young people and their families, which makes it extremely gratifying to have helped to improve the physical landscape of the hospice.

The Garden of Tranquillity officially opened on 1 July, with an event hosted by Radio 2 DJ and Presenter Chris Evans.

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