We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Tai Calon, Co-Op Blaina, MSH Building Contractors and Abergavenny Garden Centre who all supported the improvements to our shelter and garden.

During the pandemic a call was made to Tai Calon to ask if they could convert a shelter in the Hospice Garden to a safe, weather proof and comfortable space for the Hospice Family Support Team so they could continue providing their services in a Covid safe environment. This provided a lifeline to so many people during the pandemic and has continued to do so.

Lynsey came to the Shelter on numerous occasions before and after the death of her late Mother, Ann and chose the name of ‘The Shelter’, which was officially opened 15th July.

Lynsey said

“My Mother passed away in September and my brother in law the previous April, due to Covid there were restrictions on numbers at his funeral and then when my Mother was unwell in Hospital visits were also severely restricted. Having the opportunity to come to the shelter I discovered that I was a reflective person and needed this space to talk, to be able to look at the scenery, hear the trees rustle and be at one with nature, the aesthetics and the elements were calming at what was a dark and heavy time. In so many ways it was uplifting being outdoors but being sheltered from the extremities as well. The Shelter really has formed a big part of my story and has proved to be very grounding and helped me hugely”.

Lyndsey is one of many people that will continue to be able to use and benefit from the space.

Thank You Karl McCarthy for the photography.