A 12-strong team of volunteer gardeners, who look after the Michael Sobell Hospice (MSH) gardens, located on the Mount Vernon Hospital site, Northwood, will be collecting two silver gongs as part of the London Gardens Society Hospice Garden Competition next month – a nod to their blooming marvellous work in maintaining the grounds throughout the year, come rain or shine.

The special awards ceremony, which honours those who give up their time and dedication to maintain hospice gardens across London, will take place at the Old Library, The Guildhall, on Thursday 4th October at 7.00pm.

Commenting on the awards, Diana Stuckey, who has been volunteering at MSH as a gardener for many years, said: “I have worked on the garden with most of the 12 gardeners – a fantastic team – for about 14 years. We all get on well and bring different skills to the maintenance of the grounds.

“With hospice patients recently being moved into the main hospital, we have also taken on some courtyard gardens close to wards 10 & 11, where the patients have been temporarily relocated. It makes the patient and visitor areas much more pleasant and relaxing,” she added.

Michael Sobell Hospice Charity has helped to raise millions of pounds since 1977 to give thousands of terminally ill patients, the care, dignity and respect they need, and has campaigned and spoken out on behalf of the most ill people in our community with life limiting illness.

This work has never been as important as it is today.