Kind-hearted Gerry thanked at special tea party

Keen gardener undertook garden makeover at Peterborough ward where his wife is being cared for

Kind-hearted Gerry thanked at special tea party
01 September 2015

When Gerry Woodhouse visited his wife at a ward at CPFT’s Cavell Centre in Peterborough he thought the garden could do with a makeover.

So after approaching staff, he got to work – and five weeks later some rather overgrown bushes and weeds outside the Maple 1 ward have been transformed.

In their place sit colourful chrysanthemums and beautiful hydrangeas, and he did it all for free.

Gerry, from Leverington, said: “When my wife was admitted to the ward and I started visiting I noticed the garden could do with a bit of a tidy-up. The staff here were all for it so I set to work. It’s taken five weeks, many hours, and it’s cost me money.

“But I did it for my wife, the other patients and the staff. It’s really nice to have an area like this for everyone to sit and chat. I hope they enjoy it even more now.”

Gerry’s wife Rita is being treated for dementia and thanked Maple 1 staff for all their efforts.

He said: “I’ve never met staff like those at Maple 1, they are truly wonderful and it’s been my little way of saying thank you to them.”

The garden was officially opened with a tea party for patients and staff.

Emily Tufts, an occupational therapist who works on Maple 1, said: “We can’t thank Gerry enough. The garden really needed a bit of attention, but Gerry’s efforts had surpassed everyone’s expectations.

“He’s created a beautiful space for everyone to enjoy.”

Maple 1 is an acute award for people over the age of 65. CPFT provides mental health and community care for people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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