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Progress on the Rotary Peace Garden at York Hospital

As we were unable to run our normal Dragon Boat Challenge event in 2020, several Rotarians got together and organised a VIRTUAL Dragon Boat Challenge, using various items masquerading as "Boats", including chairs, wheelbarrows and tractor trailers.

You can read about the event and see photos and videos here

In the end, over £20,000 was raised, and this was all in aid of York Teaching Hospital Charity, who also collaborated with us in the planning and marketing of the event.

The money raised was to create a newly refurbished area of open space at the hospital as a Peace and Reflection Garden, primarily for use by the fabulous staff at the hospital, but also available for patients to use as well.

The design of the garden space is being led by Griselda Goldborough, Art & Design Manager at the hospital, who spoke to one of our zoom meetings recently about the project (read here).

Griselda is pictured here with Joe Fenton from York Teaching Hospital Charity, at the cheque handover last October.

The Rotary Peace Garden will be created in a quadrangle just off Junction 5, near the Chaplaincy. It will be accessible, focussed on the senses and have multi-level features including oxygen ports for patients, a labyrinth (which will house a dragon feature), lighting features, shelter and varied seating.

A draft design has now been created which illustrates the various features being created, as shown below. (click to enlarge; and then click the "double-arrows" to make it full screen size)

The full plan.......

It is hoped the garden will be completed in the summer, and members will be able to visit to see the results of our fundraising in action.

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