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Prince's Trust students create memorial garden

Farnborough tribute to loved ones ...

31 Dec 2012

Rushmoor Fire Station’s Prince’s Trust students have created a garden in memory of those that lost their lives to a brain tumour.

Nineteen enthusiastic students from Rushmoor Fire Station’s Prince’s Trust course have created a garden in memory of those who have lost their lives to a brain tumour, for The Brain Tumour Charity in Farnborough.

As part of the 12-week development course, the team members undergo a two-week community project. The team selected The Brain Tumour Charity for their community project as they felt their help would have the biggest impact on the local community.

The team worked hard fundraising by bag packing at Sainsburys, car washing at Rushmoor fire station and completing sponsored abseils, raising a remarkable £1,500.

Following an initial meeting with The Brain Tumour Charity’s CEO, Sarah Lindsell, The Prince’s Trust team gave a presentation to demonstrate their ambitious plans for the charity, who were thrilled to be told they had been selected as the subject of their community project.

The Prince’s Trust team worked hard to replant the garden surrounding the charity’s building in Farnborough, and arranged for an electrician to put lights on the outside of the building as well as a large sign on the wall of the building to truly announce The Charity’s presence in Farnborough.The car park was tidied up, weeds were pulled, rubbish removed and an emergency meeting point was created in the car park.

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Inside the building, a space was created for families who have been affected with brain tumours, with sofas, a play area, bean bags and a beautiful painting designed to create a feeling of calm and tranquility.

Sarah Lindsell was full of admiration for the young team, saying:

“Their professional and friendly approach was a pleasure to have around and we all felt that they understood not only our work and objectives, but also our approach.

“The team not only provided their time, but also all the materials, including furniture and even a fish tank! The Charity staff were thrilled with everything the Prince’s Trust team had accomplished and were pleased to have been given the chance to get to know this group better, bridging gaps within our community.”

To add an even greater sense of occasion to the final day of the Community Project, local MP Gerald Howarth was on hand to meet the young people and their team leaders and congratulate them on their achievements.

The Brain Tumour Charity is the leading and largest brain tumour charity in the UK. They fund scientific and clinical research into brain tumours and offer information and support to those affected, whilst raising awareness and influencing policy. Their aim is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours. Since they were established in 1996 they have invested over £8million in world class research.

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