Green-fingered team create quiet space

Ronald McDonald House gets a new garden
Ronald McDonald House gets a new garden

A new garden has been created for families living in the Ronald McDonald House near the Royal Hospital for Children, in Glasgow.

Staff from intu Braehead volunteered to spend a day working to transform an area of ground at the house, which houses families of children receiving treatment.

A team of 12 staff joined workers from Young Enterprise Scotland to work on the new garden after intu Braehead donated more than £3000 to the project

The volunteers spent a day working on the site, as part of intu’s initiative encouraging staff to help support charity or community work.

The staff cleared the site before planting it up, laying turf and making a decorative path that leads to a timber arbour and four standing stones.

Ronald McDonald House manager, Ruth Milligan said: “Before the team came along the garden area wasn’t very nice. In fact, it was not a very inviting place at all to spend some time and was letting the rest of the house down.

“Now that’s all changed and we can’t thank the staff from intu Braehead enough.

“It will give us an outdoor area to enjoy. A nice quiet space for people who want a bit of alone time and a chance to contemplate, which is very important.”

Community development manager at intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “We’re a big part of the local community and we like to do all we can to help. Ronald McDonald House plays an important role in helping families cope with the stress and financial strains having a child in hospital can bring.

“It becomes a beautiful temporary home for many people and we were happy to be able to add something to that with the creation of a quiet place in a nice garden setting.”