Ryde’s Easthill Home for Deaf People, a vital part of the charity Deaf Action, is to hold its garden makeover event today (Saturday).

The charity, which provides residential care to deaf people from across the UK, is working with volunteers to rejuvenate the care home’s garden to ensure its residents can enjoy the space.

Volunteers are coming from across the Island and other parts of the UK to show their support and will be taking part in efforts to improve the garden, including digging, planting flowers, and improving the paths to improve safety and accessibility.

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The local community has rallied to help the charity, with businesses and individuals generously donating materials to support the project. The project has already received over £6,000 in donations, with more in-kind donations coming in.

The initiative was started by the family and friends of residents, Karen Baitup and Amanda Casson-Webb.

Volunteer Karen Baitup said:

“My mum has dementia and has been living at Easthill for 2 years. The staff are so kind and caring, and when you see all the staff and residents signing together, you realise it’s a special place. We wanted to give something back to say thanks and knew that the garden was the perfect project.”

Easthill’s registered Manager, Amber Holbrook said:

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“We’ve been blown away by the support we’ve been offered. We have over 30 people coming from across the island, and from the mainland on Saturday, who are so generously donating their time to the project. Not only that, but the in-kind donations also we’ve received from people and businesses have been truly astounding. The residents are going to love their new garden space, this really will improve their wellbeing as they’ll be able to comfortably use the garden space.”

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Jed Jackson
Jed Jackson
29 days ago

What an unattractive garden. Certainly can only improve this Needs strategic positioning of large colourful shrubs. These people are deaf not blind. Let’s hope money is spent wisely

Paulene Kruiz
Paulene Kruiz
28 days ago

Lovely to have an injection of positivity.. Will be wonderful if it continues to be tended to after completion to keep it beautiful..all seasons colour would be nice?

Last edited 28 days ago by Paulene Kruiz

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