Lindsey Lodge Hospice get green fingers following funding from the Santander foundation

Lindsey Lodge Hospice has received £5,000 to help fund a therapeutic gardening academy for people affected by life-limiting illness in North Lincolnshire.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Lindsey Lodge Hospice is run as an independent charity which provides specialist palliative care to people with any progressive life-limiting illness and supports their family and carers during illness and into bereavement.

The grant will help the charity to buy polythene green houses and raised vegetable beds. Lindsey Lodge Hospice’s plan is to use gardening and horticulture to promote wellbeing and quality of life for patients, their carers and families, as well as staff and volunteers at the Hospice.

Kate Conway, Director of Business Development at Lindsey Lodge Hospice, said: “It can be very isolating for families affected by a life-limiting illness; their time and emotions are taken up with dealing with the diagnosis, attending appointments and managing symptoms. People can often think that their gardening days are over and may not even get to go outside and enjoy nature again.

“This project aims to provide people with practical outdoor activities and skills development to increase their wellbeing, as well as provide companionship and support for those who are facing difficult times and feeling isolated or alone during illness or bereavement.”

Robert Brunton, Branch Director at Santander’s Scunthorpe branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations to local projects every year with the aim of assisting organisations, communities and vulnerable people throughout the UK. The staff at our branch know the great work Lindsey Lodge Hospice does in our community and we hope this grant will help them in their support for local people.”

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Leonora Burtenshaw at Santander 
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Jenny Baynham at Lindsey Lodge Hospice
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About Lindsey Lodge Hospice

Lindsey Lodge Hospice provides care for patients with life limiting illnesses from North Lincolnshire. The hospice aims to provide specialist palliative care for day and in-patients to the highest standard, consisting of symptom management, emotional support and end of life care.

The services provided include a 10 bed Inpatient Unit, a five-day, Day Care Unit, Physiotherapy, a Lymphoedema Service, Bereavement and Family Support Services and Complimentary Therapy services for patients.

It receives a small percentage of its funding each year from the NHS and relies on fundraising and donations to raise the £3.3 million it needs each year to continue to deliver its care in North Lincolnshire.

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Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank's community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people's knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £26 million in funding to 13,914 UK charities through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:

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