Garden set to bloom at Mount Druitt Hospital Supportive and Palliative Care Unit thanks to Bunnings

Narrele Hunt (Bunnings) and Palliative Care Nursing Unit Manager Trish Dalgeish

The green thumbs from Bunnings Minchinbury were out in force recently to generously donate their time and equipment to an improved garden in the Mount Druitt Supportive and Palliative Care Unit.

The Unit provides specialist clinical care to patients with a life limiting illness, ensuring they get the very best care both for pain management and support to return home safely for as long as possible, as well as when they need 24 hour nursing care at the end of their life.

In their familiar red shirts and green aprons, the Bunnings state-wide leadership team rolled up their sleeves to help refurbish the garden that many patients and families cherish so greatly.

WSLHD Volunteer Palliative Care manager Kylie Clark said this is Bunning Minchinbury’s fifth year of supporting the Palliative Care Volunteer service at Mount Druitt Hospital. The staff, patients and local community alike could not be more grateful for their commitment.

“This garden is a place where patients and visitors can get outside and enjoy the sunshine, the birds, the flowers and greenery,” Kylie said.

“It’s a place that takes them out of whatever is happening medically, and they can spend quality time with their loved ones at what can be an emotionally stressful and difficult time.”

Bunnings helped to weed and added 5 tonnes of mulch the gardens and put a new coat of paint on the chairs and tables on the veranda.

The team also donated useful gardening equipment including wheelbarrows, hoses, shovels, and gloves, to allow the Supportive and Palliative Care volunteers to keep up their hard work.

Bunnings Minchinbury activities manager Narele Hunt organised the working bee, rallying state-wide leaders to lend a hand for the great cause.

“Leaders from Bunnings all over the state gathered here today to help out this very worthy project,” Narelle reflected.

“Being a local community member, this ongoing partnership hits very close to home.

“We do a lot of not-for-profit work, and if something like refurbishing a garden can make these patients feel more at home, we will do it two times over.”

Two volunteers and Kylie Clark had been maintaining the garden during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Bunnings visitors were not been able to be at the hospital due to restrictions.

“There is only so much we can do but thanks to the equipment Bunnings previously donated, we were able to maintain it to the best of our ability,” Kylie recalled.

“It was time to spruce this place back up for patients and families to enjoy!”

Volunteer gardener, Mary Vincent, added that after losing members of her own family, she is honoured to come to a place that is full of inspiration and hope.

“Looking outside and seeing a bright green space can really make your day,” Mary said.

“Everyone here today is working from the kindness in their hearts, and I know all the patients will appreciate their efforts.”

Mt Druitt Palliative volunteer Mary Vincent

Throughout their partnership, Bunnings have donated plants, seedlings, gardening equipment, paint, solar lighting as well as time, elbow grease, and much more to the Supportive and Palliative Care Unit.

“Thanks from the bottom of our hearts to Bunnings Minchinbury and the company’s state-wide leadership team for all you do at Mount Druitt Hospital,” said Trish Dalgleish, SPCU Nursing Unit Manager, on behalf of the staff, volunteers, patients and their families.