GREEN fingered care home residents have been making the most of a massive donation of flowers and vegetable plants by one of the town’s wholesale shopping outlets.
Residents and a former staff member have been using the donation to bring a new splash of colour to the gardens, as well as provide homegrown produce.
Former nurse Linda Turner, who retired from Deangate Care Home in March this year, has been coming back to help with the home’s gardens during her spare time.
The keen gardener said: “I always enjoyed gardening and I like to keep busy. It makes me happy to continue to help out with the gardening at Deangate, which will also help me keep in touch with people.”
Resident Bill Gough, 84, a retired army veteran who worked for Yorkshire Water and as a coal miner, has also been looking after the plants, ensuring they are watered every day.
Rachael Dawson, home manager at Deangate Care Home, said: “Bill rarely speaks but he’s come alive since he’s had something really meaningful to do. He exhibits real pride in the growing veggies.
“It’s been so good having Linda back at the home, helping with the gardening as well, which she really enjoys.
“We’d like to say a massive thank you to KDA Wholesale for the donation, which came completely out of the blue.”