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Westgate-on-Sea: Westcliffe House care home garden revamped

By Katie Davis

Families have rallied together to help transform a garden for the residents of a care home garden for the deaf and blind.

The team at Westcliffe House in Westgate-on-Sea, which is run by national charity Action on Hearing Loss, wanted to make their outside area more accessible for everyone, including those who use wheelchairs.

In a bid to make this happen, manager Emma Furness appealed to the loved ones of those living in the home for donations or free hands to help change the space.

The new garden (4596890)
The new garden (4596890)

One parent, on secondment for construction company Erith Contractors, said they would take on the project without charge.

Taking into consideration the complex needs of residents workers built a beautiful garden in just two weeks.

It includes raised planters to grow vegetables and salad, large planted areas with sensory flowers and bushes, and a paved area for seating and outdoor dining, which are all wheelchair accessible.

Workers from Erith Contractors (4596883)
Workers from Erith Contractors (4596883)

"The people who worked in the garden have been brilliant, friendly and conscientious," Mrs Furness said.
"Everyone at Westcliffe House would like to extend out warmest thanks and gratitude to Erith Contractors for their help and support with this project and making a real difference to the people who live at the care home."

The team at Westcliffe House officially opened its new garden in a ceremony on Saturday, September 29.

Declan Cogley, operations director of Erith Contractors, said: "When we were approached we were only too pleased to be able to help.
"It is often easy to enlist help form our workforce and suppliers on projects such as these as everyone can see the tangible benefits that can be enjoyed by a large number of people."

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