Young Volunteers “making a difference” at Crowborough Hospital

In early June a team of ‘young volunteers” spent a day “making a difference” at Crowborough Hospital.   Jointly organised by Angela Bains (Reception – Property Services) and the Friends of Crowborough Hospital the project was to:

  1. improve the appearance of the main fete shed at the site entrance
  2. prepare the garden gazebo much used by patients and visitors during the summer.

Main Fete Shed

Main Fete Shed

The main fete shed stands in full view beside the “roundabout entrance” to the hospital site, and has been recently looking a bit the worse for wear.  On one day of the Whitsun half-term a team of six young volunteers started work on giving the shed a through clean and brushing down ready for re-staining with a wood preservative.

Volunteers      Volunteers at work

They were soon hard at work……on what was fortunately a dry June day….and even seemed to be enjoying themselves!   And by late morning the shed was transformed……

Finished shed

……..so they could enjoy a well-earned lunch provided by the Friends.

Volunteers having lunch

After lunch, attention turned to the Garden Gazebo that is accessed through the Ward Conservatory and is especially popular with patients and visitors in the summer months.

Volunteers working     Voluteers working on the gazebo

The whole structure was given a good brushing down to remove the winter debris and given a thorough clean.   The moss that had also developed on the paths over several winters had to be painstakingly removed by hand, but the final result was well worth the effort involved and looked so much better.

It was a really productive day involving a lot of youthful energy, but has made a noticeable difference to the hospital site for which out young volunteers can be properly proud.   We owe them our most heartfelt thanks.

Finished Gazebo

Needless to say, one or two other possible improvement projects have now been noticed…!  So perhaps another story to be told?