Green-fingered Nottinghamshire Police officers have mucked in to help transform a Mapperley hospice’s overgrown garden this week.
Members of Nottinghamshire Police’s Cohort 42, which started its training in July, recently visited Nottinghamshire Hospice as part of a community engagement.
Our student officers spent the day carrying out work which the hospice’s other volunteers have found difficult.
They got stuck into various tasks which included clearing weeds, ivy and overgrown areas of the garden as well as installing the reservoir of a donated water feature and planting bushes to secure the boundary of the hospice.
During the day the hard-working officers were visited by Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper who was so impressed by their efforts he bought biscuits to add to the refreshments the hospice had provided for tea breaks.
Garden engager Janet Hatton said: “We’re absolutely delighted and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all involved.
“I can’t believe how much they achieved, it would have taken me and my usual team months.”
ACC Cooper said: “The officers worked extremely hard and I was very impressed with the dedication and effort they put in.
“As part of the trainee officer development, we like them to work with local communities and offer their services as a good community project. It was great to have them working with a fantastic local charity maintaining their gardens.
“I’d also like praise all the staff who do magnificent work at the hospice every day. The quality of care they offer patients and their families is fantastic.”
The hospice, which is Chief Constable Craig Guildford’s adopted charity for 2016/17, provides high quality palliative care to adults who have terminal and life-limiting illnesses and to their families and carers.
The Force has raised £1,331.22 so far for the hospice in 2017.
For more information about Nottinghamshire Hospice please visit: http://www.nottshospice.org/
The 17 officers in Cohort 42 include two former Nottinghamshire Police PCSOs, six former Special Constables, four former Control Room staff, one former prison officer, one warehouse manager and one telesales worker.
The officers are due to pass out on December 5, 2017.
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