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Local community lend their ‘Helping Hands’

Around 18 green-fingered, kind-hearted volunteers made it to Ailsa Hospital’s gardens to offer their ‘Helping Hands’ at their recent event.

Some of the volunteers take a quick break to pose for a group photo.

Fortunately, the glorious sunshine was on hand for the staff and service-users who completed a range of gardening tasks, including digging, weeding and planting.

All of this work is essential to maintain these garden areas, which are therapeutic places for everyone to enjoy.

George Nish, Senior Charge Nurse at Ailsa Hospital said: “A huge thanks to everyone who came along for all their hard work. It was a glorious, sunny day and everyone had a great time and the gardens are looking wonderful.”

The gardening project originally started in 2011 and since then volunteers of all ages have been helping out to maintain it. Look out for news of another event late summer.

Anyone who can spare a few hours a week to help people with mental health needs with gardening activities would be made very welcome. For more information contact George Nish on telephone 01292 513066 or email


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