Video: Stamford teenagers show community spirit

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Volunteers are working hard transforming a bleak care home garden into a bright and cheerful place for residents to enjoy.

Teenagers who are taking part in the National Citizen Service scheme have spent two weeks working at Whitefriars 
Care Home in Stamford to 
kick-start the make-over project.

Whitefriars activity co-ordinator Sarah Turner-Daffern, left, with National Citizens Service mentor Praful Patel and some of the young people involved, from left, Heather Coburn, 16, Karolina Czerwinska, 16, landscape gardener Ian Kitchener, Josh Flegg, 16, Ben Kirby, 16, Chloe Glover, 17, Lauren Burke, 16, Sarah Proctor, 16, and Hunaida Bhabha, 15

Whitefriars activity co-ordinator Sarah Turner-Daffern, left, with National Citizens Service mentor Praful Patel and some of the young people involved, from left, Heather Coburn, 16, Karolina Czerwinska, 16, landscape gardener Ian Kitchener, Josh Flegg, 16, Ben Kirby, 16, Chloe Glover, 17, Lauren Burke, 16, Sarah Proctor, 16, and Hunaida Bhabha, 15

The volunteers have been busy clearing the site ready for new slabs to be laid and bulbs to be planted.

Activities co-ordinator Sarah Turner-Daffern came up with the idea to transform the garden and has been overwhelmed by the support received from the community.

She said: “The project seemed daunting at first but now we can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

“We’ve received some wonderful donations and offers of help from the public so we’re really looking forward to seeing the finished garden.”

Retired landscape gardener Ian Kitchener is leading the project. He came up with the plans and has been working with the teenagers on site for the last two weeks.

He will start the paving work next week and is looking for a new band of volunteer bricklayers to lend a hand.

Sarah said: “Our volunteers have been great but we still need more people to come and help us get the garden finished.”

Welland Vale Nurseries has offered to provide all the plants but the care home still needs more money to buy a new summerhouse and items such as wind chimes to add the finishing touches.

Staff hosted a summer fete at the care home on Saturday which raised £250 towards the cost of the project. It included stalls and refreshments.

At the end of this month senior carer Leanne Stafford will climb to the top of Snowdon to raise more money.

To make a donation to the garden project or to sponsor Leanne contact Sarah on 01780 65434.