Inspire garden officially opened

Residents, family and friends at the opening of the refurbished garden at Eden Drive, Peterhead.
Residents, family and friends at the opening of the refurbished garden at Eden Drive, Peterhead.

A local charity’s garden was officially re-opened recently following a six-month fundraising and refurbishment project supported by a number of North-east organisations.

Inspire - which empowers the life choices of hundreds of local adults, young people and children with learning disabilities and additional support needs - operates several services in Peterhead, including one at Eden Drive, where the garden was in serious need of modernisation.

The four people supported by Inspire at Eden Drive had found themselves being able to spend less time in the garden due to mobility issues, and it becoming too high maintenance for them.

However, on Sunday, June 14, they were joined by friends, family and staff members as well as representatives from many of the organisations who supported the project for the official re-opening of the new and improved garden, following a major refurbishment.

ASPC donated more than £2,000 towards the work, Peterhead Round Table supported the project with a £1,500 donation and staff at Eden Drive undertook a number of their own fundraising efforts.

Other local companies, including Morgan Enterprises, B&Q, Asda, Morrisons, Travis Perkins and the Happy Plant Garden Centre also supported the project with donations, discounted rates or in-kind support.

Sian Simpson, support worker at Eden Drive, says the refurbished garden will make a hugely positive difference to the lives of the people supported by Inspire.

She said: “We are so grateful to everyone in the local community who supported this project and are absolutely thrilled with the end result.

“To now have a garden at Eden Drive where the people we support can spend time safely is fantastic and will make a huge difference to their wellbeing.

“It was great to have so many of the organisations who helped make this project become a reality visit us on Sunday and see for themselves how their contributions have made such a difference . We can’t thank them enough for helping us provide a garden that we will all be able to enjoy for years to come.”

Inspire provides a range of services throughout Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray including 24-hour residential care and supported accommodation.