Nottinghamshire Hospice

Adding Life to Days

Hospice volunteers create beautiful ‘Woollen Garden’ with patients

Nottinghamshire Hospice volunteers Wendy King and Cathy Solaini have come up with a novel art installation made entirely of felt for the Hospice gardens. Inspired by ‘Woollen Woods’ projects across the UK, both patients and Hospice volunteers have joined in with making the colourful artwork during felting sessions at the Hospice’s Day Therapy Centre near Mapperley.

The finished piece will include dozens of intricate felt flowers and woodland characters, and is being added to all the time in its current home in the Hospice garden summerhouse.

Wendy, a textile artist and retired Civil Servant, wanted to return to craftwork after an operation, and started running art sessions for people who come into the Hospice. She is currently raising money to complete the Woollen Garden before the end of summer.

“The aim of the project is to provide a focal point in the garden that patients and visitors can enjoy.” She added, “Working with the patients is fun, challenging and a great way to spend my time.”

Volunteer Wendy and patient Yvonne making the 'Woollen Garden' with felt

Social activities a vital part of Hospice care

Felt-making is one of many group activities like gardening, bingo and bag painting the Hospice offers to people across Nottinghamshire with terminal and life-limiting illnesses, to provide vital support for their wellbeing, as well as physical needs.

Fellow art volunteer Kath West said: “The important thing is to allow the patients to do as much as they can. Even if we’re doing the artwork physically, they’re making the colour and design choices. What patients have told me over the years is that they can just lose themselves in what they’re doing; for a short time, they can be free.”

If you would like to support Wendy’s crowdfunding appeal, see crowdfunding.justgiving.com/wendy-king, ending on August 19th. For more information, or if you would like to visit the Woollen Garden, please contact Laura Gavin in the Marketing Team on 0115 910 1008 ext 262 or lauragavin@nottshospice.org.