Baxter Foundation provides £25k boost to hospital roof garden

ARI Roof Garden boosted by Baxters Foundation
ARI Roof Garden boosted by Baxters Foundation

Patients heading for hospital treatment in Aberdeen will be able to relax in a new roof garden thanks to help from a Moray’s most famous company.

The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation has donated £25,000 towards the roof garden project at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Work began on the project this week with a view to the garden being in place by the middle of August with the total cost running at around £650,000.

NHS Grampian healthcare champion James Falconer welcomed the cash injection from the Moray firm, saying: “This very significant and generous donation takes us substantially closer to the funding we need to get this very special garden in place.

“I know that both Gordon and Ena Baxter loved their own garden in Fochabers – we are tremendously grateful to the foundation for sharing our vision of a beautiful, supportive and inspiring place for in-patients.

“This large donation has given our fundraising appeal a huge boost and I know how much this green space will mean to patients in hospital, whether for a short or a long stay, and to families and friends who visit them.”

Speaking on behalf of the foundation its manager Kay Jackson said: “Gordon and Ena took a great interest in the many varied projects undertaken at the ARI to help people from all over the north of Scotland.

“The Baxter family is delighted to be able to support this innovative project.”

An appeal for funding the ARI roof garden has so far raised over £534,000 of its £650k target – anyone wishing to add to the appeal can do so through its Just Giving website.