Project information


To provide a place of peace and tranquillity in a troubled world. A private secluded area of woodland, ponds, wheelchair friendly footpaths and outdoor amenities: linked to the existing grounds of the Hospice, where patients can relax and experience the calming, therapeutic effects of nature.

February 2014 - August 2014

Charity information: Wigan & Leigh Hospice

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  • Need


    Living with a terminal illness brings many stresses, concerns and worries for the patient and their loved ones.
    Fear of the future is a major concern for people living with a life-limiting illness.

    For patients their concerns includes the worst kind of fears about how their family will manage and continue in their absence.

    For the family, the loss of a loved one brings many new, on-going challenges.


    This project is a way for staff to use 'nature' in aiding the psychological well-being, worries and concerns of patients and their loved ones that living with a terminal illness brings.

    Adjacent to, and connected with, a new building for complementary therapies, counselling, out-patient clinics currently under construction; the project will be a perfect complement to the psychological care we provide.

    A safe haven in a troubled world, to thousands of patients and their families.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To assist in the psychological care and support of over 1,000 patients and their families every year


    » Organise a comprehensive marketing campaign.
    » Engage the use and support of media and fundraising campaigns,
    » Actively seek the support of Media, General Public and Corporate Sector by promotional activities, events, donations, press releases, campaigns etc.
    » Organise and run a comprehensive range fundraising initiatives through each of the sectors above.

    What success will look like

    The improved psychological well-being of people on life's most difficult journey.

  • Impact


    This long-lasting project will benefit many thousands of terminally ill people, both now and in the future, from the therapeutic effects resulting from the combined support of highly trained specialists and the power of nature.


    Lack of public support.

    The hospice has an excellent reputation locally throughout the area and receives excellent support from all sectors of the community. Every effort will be made to enhance and continue that support.


    Regular communications.

    These will be in various forms - directly - website - tele-communications - emails - letters, media etc.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Pond area Construction of pond, bridge and water features
      £5,000 footpaths Construction of wheelchair-friendley footpaths around pond.
      £5,000 nature tables provision of garden furniture and nature tables
      £5,000 planting planting of aqueous plants and woodland species.
  • Background


    Within Hospice grounds and adjacent to the newly constructed Woodland Centre, which will provide holistic therapeutic services for patients and their loved ones.


    Over 1,000 patients annually benefit from our care, many of whom will access therapeutic services. This care is extended to family and carers.

    The Hospice has been providing this service for 30 years and plans to do so for the foreseeable future.

    The Wigan Borough is in a challenging economic area, with a high incidence of cancer-related conditions.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Hospice is the only provider of specialist palliative care in the Borough. We have been providing this service for 30 years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Alan Baron

    Chief Executive


EVERY DAY £6,500 must be raised for patient care.

"Wigan & Leigh Hospice are so kind, caring and brilliant."

Hospice patient