Donated benches provide a place for reflection

Torbay Weekly

Rowcroft Hospice's meadow of memories now boasts two stunning oak benches that provide a place for people to sit in quiet contemplation.

Rowcroft has expressed its heartfelt gratitude to Totnes-based Carpenter Oak, who have donated the pair of benches for the meadow in Torquay.

The hospice plants a wildflower meadow each year and encourages people to dedicate flowers in memory of loved ones.

Rebecca Cogger, in memory giving and legacy manager at Rowcroft, said: “Each year a beautiful wildflower meadow is sown in the gardens of Rowcroft Hospice to celebrate and remember the lives of the people we love dearly and miss deeply.

"The meadow is a soothing place for anyone to visit.

"We wanted a bench on the edge of the meadow for people to sit and reflect on happy times gone by.

"I approached Carpenter Oak for some surplus wood, and they generously offered to not only supply the wood but make us two solid oak benches.

"The craftsmanship is outstanding and we are genuinely overwhelmed with how beautiful they are.

"We are exceptionally grateful to Carpenter Oak for helping to make the meadow even more special."

Carpenter Oak director Luke Copley-Wilkins said: "When Rowcroft approached us about donating some surplus oak to make seating for their meadow of memories, we thought we should do something extra special for our local hospice.

"The benches are solid oak and have been handcrafted specifically for Rowcroft.

"To know that these benches will provide people who have lost loved ones, with somewhere to sit and reflect, means a great deal to myself and the Carpenter Oak team."

About Rowcroft Hospice

It takes time, compassion, medical expertise and money to help patients and families make the most of every day, but every year Rowcroft Hospice helps almost 2,500 people living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon to do just that.

By providing comfort, support and specialist services in patients’ homes, the community and at Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit in Torquay, the hospice enables families to share precious and joyful moments when they are needed most – whether it’s a beautiful wedding, remarkable reunion, simple thank you or gentle cuddle.

At Rowcroft’s premises in Torquay, the hospice’s team of doctors, nurses, social workers and a range of other health and social care professionals provide specialist care in its inpatient unit.

Rowcroft also cares for out-patients and their loved ones, offering therapies, bereavement support and medical consultation in an environment that helps patients and families make the most of precious time together.

From Dartmouth to Dawlish, Rowcroft cares for 80 per cent of its patients in their own homes with a team of community nurse specialists, social workers, and bereavement volunteers.

The team also provides occupational therapy, complementary therapy and music therapy, delivering a holistic approach tailored to individual needs.

Last year, it cost £8.2 million to provide Rowcroft’s services.

As an independent charity, more than 75 per cent of its funding comes from the incredible generosity of local people, without whom Rowcroft would not be able to fund its work.

Rowcroft is determined to make sure every penny raised from people’s donations continues to help patients and their loved ones make the most of every moment they have together.