New patio for hospice patients

A team of employees from Interserve Construction in Wigan has made their mark at St. Joseph’s Hospice (Jospice) in Thornton.

Thanks to £10k funding from the Interserve Employee Foundation, the Wigan-based team has laid a large patio area at the back of the hospice’s San Jose inpatient unit.

The new patio area will make it easier for patients who are wheelchair-bound to access the hospice’s woodland gardens. Shrubs and flowers will complete the patio as well as make sure it blends in well with the surroundings.

Mike Parr, Chief Executive of St. Joseph’s Hospice, said: “The hospice is set in a conservation area within a stunning woodland setting and so offers a very therapeutic space for our patients. Our new patio area, with direct access from bedrooms, will make a huge difference to patients, providing them with direct access to this outside space.

“We would all like to thank the team at Interserve in Wigan for their hard work and generosity with this project. We are always on the lookout for groups of employees who can donate their time, resources and expertise to the hospice, so please get in touch if you would like to take on a project, no matter how big or small, with your work colleagues.”

John Godfrey, Divisional Director at Interserve Construction, said: “I would like to thank the team for the fantastic work they have done in creating an open space that the patients can enjoy at Jospice.

“When I suggested this task, I aimed it specifically at some of our younger staff members who have done a sterling job of mobilising help from some very willing hands. Needless to say it would not have been possible without the generosity of Interserve Employee Foundation, Tony Norcross, the guys at Aspire and our colleagues in Site Services for which I am extremely grateful. This is a great example of Interserve at its best with more than a little help from its friends.”


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